“But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.” Romans 7:6 NIV
I always let my dogs loose in the car. I hate to think of being in an accident and them flying through the windshield but I am still irresponsible and let them have their freedom and enjoy the ride.
Shelters expect you to follow the rules when you drive dog transports. Instructions come along with each dog for shelters transporting dogs to their foster homes or other shelters. They tell you if the pup is to be crated or is able to ride securely tethered. According to the dictionary, tethered means to tie an animal with a rope or chain so as to restrict its movement. The animals are to be secured to keep them safe during transport. When you open the doors, you don’t want any energetic doggies to escape, so they are bound (but they can move around enough to find their comfortable position). To secure something means to attach it firmly so that it cannot be moved or lost.
Some dogs don’t seem to mind and enjoy the ride. Other pups want their freedom and do not like to be bound. To tether, chain, secure and bind all sound very negative but it is for their safety and yours as you drive in heavy traffic. These transports are sometimes called Freedom Rides but the passengers must be secure during the ride. They are free of their old life and off to start a new one in a new location.
Paul knew what it was like to be imprisoned for the sake of the gospel. He writes to Timothy in II Timothy 2:9 that, “for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained.” In Judges 16, Delilah is trying to have Samson bound to find the secret of his great strength. Finally, she nagged him to the point of weariness. Samson told Delilah his secret and he was bound and taken captive.
We are all bound to something during our lifetime. We are all bound to sin until we realize it and ask Jesus to forgive us and come into our hearts and set us free. Then we are bound to Christ. We can be bound by addictions or we can be bound to our spouses by marriage.
Some things that bind us are holding us captive while others set us free to live as God intended. Jesus preached the words of Isaiah 61:1, “The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me. Because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners.”
We have the freedom to choose what and to whom we are bound. The difference is when we are bound to sin we will be a prisoner and when we are bound to Jesus he gives us life everlasting and free. Joshua gives the Israelites a choice in Joshua 24:14-15. He said, “Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
The choice belongs to each one of us. Let us choose to be bound to Christ. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.