Today’s Scripture: Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin…. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8:34,36

There once was a tyrant who commanded a local blacksmith to make a chain for him. The blacksmith had no choice but to obey. After many long hours making this chain, the blacksmith returned to the evil ruler. After examining the chain, he told the blacksmith to double the length. The blacksmith worked very hard to double the length of the chain and eventually came back to the terrible tyrant. The tyrant looked at the chain and told the poor blacksmith to double the length yet again. Finally, the chain was complete, and the blacksmith returned it to the ruler. The evil man was satisfied with the chain, and he commanded his guards to bind up the blacksmith with it. The blacksmith remained bound for years and years in a chain he had created himself.

Such is the work of the devil! People are literally making their own chain with their sins. Satan is ordering people to do things contrary to the Word of God, and they blindly obey him. The resulting sins end up destroying their lives and ultimately condemn them to an eternity in the Lake of Fire.

However, God is no tyrant; He is love! In His mercy, He created a way to loosen those fetters and to free us from bondage. That is God’s work!

Everyone has sinned. We have all made our own chains. The question is, “Are you still in bondage?” The moment you believe in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection to save you, you are free from the eternal bondage that sin gives.

However, even after putting your faith in Christ, you can still be in bondage. Satan can no longer order you to make a chain, but sometimes we make them anyways by making wrong choices. Sin will rob us of freedom in Christ. In your Christian walk, are you enslaved to sin or living in freedom through Christ’s grace?

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.