Romans 12:1-2 (AMP)
12 Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be ]transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].
A farmer was on his way to a well to water his livestock and he came upon a man sitting on the side of the road. The man had on a hooded robe that was worn and dirty from his obvious travels, and as the farmer got closer he noticed the man’s shoe straps were broken. The man said to the him, “I have broken the straps on my shoes and cannot walk on this hot dirt road without them.” The farmer, took the leather strap from his only watering bucket, cut it in two pieces, and tied the leather straps onto the man’s shoes. The man was so thankful that he paid the farmer with a gold coin. The farmer immediately headed to the marketplace with the gold coin; he needed to buy some bread, some wine, and some leather straps to fix his watering bucket. All of the items he needed were at different venders. First, he stopped at the bakery to buy his bread, yet the owner could not sell him any bread because he didn’t have any change for his gold coin. The baker told him to try someone else. Not thinking much of it, he walked over to the wine vender. He figured he would most likely be able to break his coin and give him change. Yet, the wine vender did not have any change either. Still not too discouraged, he walked to the tanner shop to purchase his materials to fix the leather straps on his watering bucket. This time, he didn’t waste his time gathering his supplies before asking if this vendor had change for his gold coin. The vender replied, “silly man, I’ve watched you walk around to all of us venders in this market place, trying to get change. Do you not know the only man with enough money to give you change for a gold coin is the KING?” With his head hung low, the farmer slowly turned around and walked home. The farmer thought, ‘How could I go to the King and ask for change? He will certainly think I stole this gold coin and have me killed’. He racked his brain for a solution, he worried with every breath he took, and he knew that if his livestock died he’d never have any money for food for himself, he would starve and die as well. He was bound by his chains of worry and grief.
The farmer became very hungry, thirsty, and his livestock became deathly ill because of lack of water. He was desperate for his circumstances to change and knew he only had one chance to survive. He must go to the King and ask for change; that gold coin had become worthless to the farmer. When he approached the King, he kneeled and told him of his circumstances. The farmer explained that he was in these circumstances because of his act of kindness to a man who seemed destitute on the side of a road. The farmer hoped that the King would show him understanding, cast no judgement of wrong doing, and give him the change for the gold coin that he needed. The change that would save his life. The King looked down upon the humble farmer, and said… “I have the change you need, and I will give it to you, no questions asked, for you are a good and faithful servant. It was I on the side of the dirt road that day. I knew that was your only watering bucket, and I knew you would thirst without having access to the water in the well. I’ve been waiting for you to come to me so I could offer you the change you’ve been looking for.”
Often, I feel like God calls out to me to come to Him when I’m getting wrapped up in the circumstances of life. I’ve tried to find comfort and relief by going to others to vent, or to get advice about my issues at hand. Before I know it, I’ve gotten carried away in the worries of the world, that end up binding me like chains to my own worry and grief. God has had and will continue to have all the answers that I need. He will provide all the change in my life to sustain my heart and soul, and He will break the chains that bind me through His love, and my faith in Him. I am set free!!!
Change can be difficult, and certainly uncomfortable at times; though it’s necessary for growth and maturity in our relationship with Christ. Chains are always cumbersome, they hurt, they are constantly uncomfortable, and they bind us from experiencing the life that God wants us to have.
My prayer for you, is that you CHOOSE CHANGE, and not chains!
Psalm 107:13-16 (AMP)
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He saved them from their distresses.
He brought them out of darkness and the deep (deathly) darkness
And broke their bonds apart.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for His loving kindness,
And for His wonderful acts to the children of men!
For He has shattered the gates of bronze
And cut the bars of iron apart.