Throughout the Apostle Paul’s letters he calls himself a slave which is sometimes translated as servant or bond slave. I won’t get into whether the word “Bond” should be used or not but it did strike me today that there is a lesson here.
One of the young ladies Tracey has been ministering to in jail was released recently so she attended our Sunday school class and services. We were excited to have her and her story really did shine some light on the scripture for me. She was released because someone paid her bond and even paid for the ankle monitor she has to wear while being under court ordered restrictions.
A man that knows her mother put up the money but now she finds herself in a house in which she’s not very comfortable. While she is grateful to be out of jail she’s feeling pressured as if she’s indebted to this man. I’m not sure what’s really going on here, but she is getting the vibe that he expects something from her because he has done these things for her. You know how it is. If I do this for you don’t you think you should do something for me? This story made me think about my own freedom and how Jesus Christ paid the bond so I could be released from the prison of sin.
For those that don’t know how this works let me see if I can help you. When someone puts up money for your bond it means they are now responsible to get you to court on the appointed date or else they lose the money. So when someone bails someone else out of jail they are putting themselves under the supervision, or authority, of the one that paid the bond. This can be a bad thing if they are expecting a favor in return; if you know what I mean.
In the case of a Christian, Jesus Christ has bonded us out of the prison of sin and set us free. Since he is our bondsman he takes on the responsibility and promises to keep us until the date set by the judge, or in this case his Father. Jesus bonded us out and he is the one that promises to get us where we’re going. He is our “Keeper.”
Jesus said in John 6:39 “This is the will of Him who sent me, that of all that He has given me I lose nothing… and John 10:28 “No man can pluck them out of my hand.” In Philippians 1:6 we read “He who began a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ”, and 2 Timothy 1:12 “For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed to him against that day.”
This young lady is having some anxiety, and rightly so, over her present situation but we prayed with her and reassured her God is the God of the impossible. He specializes in making a way where there doesn’t seem to be a way. I recounted for her the story of how Moses led the Children of Israel out of Egypt. They were free from their bondage, but Pharaoh didn’t want to let them go so easily and made it difficult for them. At one point they were facing the Red Sea on one side and the chariots of Egypt on the other. In the natural realm it looked like curtains for them, but God had another plan. God parted the Red Sea and they crossed over on dry land, but that’s not all. When Pharaoh and his army attempted to catch up to them the waters came crashing down and they drowned. In fact they were told they would never have to see that enemy ever again.
Just like the Children of Israel I believe this young woman is going to see God show up in a miraculous way because He wants her to get to know him and his ways. If we could do this thing on our own we wouldn’t need God. I would ask that you pray for this young lady. She truly was released from jail with nothing. Even the clothes she had on when she was arrested were too small for her after she had been locked up for several months. She really is in the perfect position for God to do the miraculous in her life.