This is a short one — but a good one. It strikes me right to the core:
At a time when you did not know God, you became slaves to things that by nature are not gods; but now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and destitute elemental powers? Do you want to be slaves to them all over again?
There are so many weak and destitute elemental powers out there. Drugs, sex, alcohol, money, power, TV, electronics, smartphones, social media, candy crush, greed… The list goes on and on. For me it is food (and maybe a little bit of candy crush). We become slaves to so many things. Things that do not help us, do not serve us. God gives us freedom. He does not require us to be slaves. (maybe it would be easier if we were slaves to Him!) God gives us freedom, freedom to choose, freedom to live, freedom to truly love. What a glorious gift! We just need to use it!
I don’t know about you, but I am really good at saying I am going to do better, but not so good at having the strength to follow through. As I am typing this, a young girl on The Voice (Ok, so TV is another of the weaker powers that pulls on me) is singing Martina McBride’s song “Do it Anyway” — I have never paid attention to the lyrics before, but they provide me with further inspiration tonight:
“God is great but sometimes life ain’t good
And when I pray
It doesn’t always turn out like I think it should
But I do it anyway
I do it anyway.”
No matter how many times I try and fail, I am going to keep trying anyway.
God, I do not want to be slave to the weaker elemental powers any more! They do not serve me.
Thank you, God, for the power to choose! I choose you. Help me be strong enough to turn away from all of the weak powers out there. With your help I can be stronger.