“Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot”- 1 Peter 1:18-19 ESV
- Ransomed-“Obtaining the release of ( a prisoner) by making a payment”
- Synonyms: Release, free, deliver, liberate, rescue
- Futile-“Incapable of producing any useful result; pointless”
- Synonyms: Fruitless, vain, ineffective
So basically we were prisoners of the fruitless, pointless, and ineffective habits that have been passed down from those who came before us. Then God came and paid our ransom, by the precious blood of Jesus, to free us from those ways. He chose Jesus and not perishable things, such as silver or gold, because he wanted our freedom to last. He wanted our freedom to be as eternal as he is and even after all of that we are still partaking in these activities. We are still gambling, drinking ourselves into comas, sleeping with multiple people, using illegal drugs, etc. We are still willingly participating in futile ways. Ways that by definition are incapable of producing any useful results. We are addicted to pointlessness just as much as we are addicted to pointing the finger afterwards, when the consequences of our actions come raining down.
We were all prisoners, repeat offenders, locked away and limited to pointless behavior with fruitless outcomes and God paid our ransom. He paid our ransom and we keep walking into the cell crying to the guard to lock us up. I guess it feels good here because everything is predictable in our cell. We know exactly whats going to happen because sin runs on a schedule. So we cling to the stability of the cell not realizing that all we are doing is adding time to our sentence. When will we wake up and realize nothing extraordinary is built in comfort. When will we accept the power that was given to us when Jesus paid our ransom? The power to release bad habits and to make better decisions. The power to break the cycle and to lay a new path for those who will come after us. God gave us the key to make change and to own our mess. So it’s about time that we do just that, it’s time to own your mess and use your power to clean it up. Once you have scrubbed your cell clean, walk out and don’t turn back. Because you can’t use your power if you are imprisoned.
We are free indeed but do we act like it? do we honor his sacrifice or willingly run back to those things that imprisoned us? I know this is a christian blog but I can’t help but replay the line “Don’t Save her she don’t want to be saved.” from J. Cole’s No Role Models. It is highly accurate, we have been saved but the questions is…do you want to be?