I’d like to think I’m not addicted to electronics as often as I harp on my kids about keeping off them…
Don’t get me wrong I think electronics can be a blessing, but at times they’re a distraction when life needs my attention, and they’re a temptation when I want to keep my distance. My husband and I have actually limited the amount of time our kids are allowed to spend on the ‘hypnotic devices’ to just a few hours a week. We’re afraid the kids would risk relying on the glossy screens to feed, clothe, shelter, and nurture them otherwise.
Having said that, last week my phone started misbehaving and I couldn’t pull up internet. ‘Mrs.-I-Don’t-Have-An-Electronic-Obsession’ was whining around because she couldn’t, for the life of her, figure out why it would be acting up. Unfortunately I’m referring to myself in this paragraph.
So I called my service provider to clear up the confusion because of course i was just sure it had to be a problem on their end!!!! *Side note: Whenever I have to make those calls I desperately dread it because I can’t always make out the broken English.
Imagine my shock and dismay when the man on the other end informed me I’d reached my data limit. For the record I had no trouble understanding him relay that piece of information…lol.
And I’m pretty sure I know what threw me over my monthly limit. I got started on a music video kick a few days before and came across some videos of Zach Williams (Gospel Christian/Rock music artist) and then it was game over from there. I just played video after video.
I couldn’t help it.
The videos were from a live recording he did at Harding Prison last year (2018). The, once drug and alcohol addicted, musician aims to bring a message of freedom and hope through Jesus, to those who have taken the harder route in life, those struggling to find self-worth.
I guess what spoke to me (while watching the videos) was the fact that these men are sentenced to prison time—sitting behind bars, some of them perhaps for life..most of society would quickly label them as men in chains and bondage…men stripped of everything…
But when I watch the videos I see broken, yet humble men radiating hope and a future—arms lifted in surrender to God, hearts open to receiving Christ as Savior…men free from condemnation.
And then I realize a stark reality…the bridge between these men behind bars and anyone who has decided to trust and follow Jesus, really isn’t very far after-all. Spiritually speaking before we trusted Jesus as Lord and Savior we were all held captive…slaves or chained-prisoners to sin, wrapped in bondage, with no hope.
These men, although physically prisoners, are our brothers in Christ as they accept Him into their lives…no longer slaves to sin…free from the bondage. The same gospel message that set us free, sets them free.
To be honest, I can’t even begin to watch these music videos from Harding Prison without goosebumps and a side of hazy tears. They just move me to want to do better as a person, as a Christian, to keep on-track spreading the gospel message. Jesus’ death was for all. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, but God has shown His love to us by sending His Son to die for us while we were still sinners. (read Romans 3 and 6 for further study)
He died for me, for you, for the men at Harding Prison…breaking our chains of bondage and setting us free from the wages of sin. Our gift from God through Jesus Christ means eternal life when we choose to believe, only then are we truly set free.
No doubt, at times in our Christian walk, we may feel enslaved to do things on our own again, disregarding the freedom we have when we follow Christ; therefore we must remember to make a commitment, day after day, fully giving ourselves to Him because He’s the real Chain Breaker and He sets believers free from the prison of sin.
FYI: My data on my phone has renewed now…but there’s a good chance I may reach my limit again.😉
Here are links to some of the videos, just tap or click on the video picture…praying you can watch them through fresh eyes and allow the words to soak in through a Jesus-like perspective.
Romans 8:1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
Galatians 5:13 You, my brothers and sisters were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.