There is a story of a brood of chicks and a little girl at a farmer’s market in a little village. Each chick had strings attached to its legs which were attached to a pole. The chicks proceeded to walk around and around the pole for hours. One day a little girl came into the market and asked, “How much will you take for all of them?”
After agreeing to a price with the owner, she paid and then began to cut the strings off the chicks’ legs.
“What are you doing?” The owner asked in unbelief.
“I’m setting them free,” said the little girl.
Yet despite the cut strings, the chicks continued to walk around the pole in the same old circle. They did not even realize they were free and that they could now go in any direction. It was not until the young girl shooed them away that they moved from this set routine.
We are people of habit and sometimes even after we experience salvation we tend to hang on to the unhealthy habits Jesus has delivered us from. We need to realize that we are free because Jesus has freed us and has called us to move in a different direction. The days of marching around in circles of guilt, sin, and drudgery are over.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! — 2 Corinthians 5:17
The day you received Christ is the day you became a new person. Your old life is gone! You are no longer bound by your past addictions, bad habits, sins, or bad relationships. This doesn’t always mean these things are easy to give up, but it does mean that Christ’s Lordship is greater. Your new life has begun! Jesus has already paid the ultimate price for your freedom. That is why He cried out on the cross, “It is finished!” (John 19:30). There was nothing else needed. What remains for us is to realize we have already been set free.
Are you walking in the freedom of Christ day by day or do you find yourself walking around in the same old circles?
Lord, thank You for the cross and thank You for the victory that You purchased for me. Open my eyes to see and walk in this freedom, day by day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.