“My chains are gone, I’ve been set free. My God, My Savior has ransomed me. And like a flood His mercy rains. Unending love, amazing grace.” © 2006 worshiptogether.com songs, sixsteps Music, Vamos Publishing / Artist: Chris Tomlin
I am not a person given to visions or vivid dreams but as I was leading worship the other day at church I had a flash, a little mini movie, if you will. I was singing Chris Tomlin’s song Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone). As I got to the chorus I saw a majestic eagle in the middle of a field. He was perched in the back of a wire cage with the door standing wide open. Just sitting there.
When wild animals are injured they are sometimes kept among humans for rehabilitation. I have watched many wildlife shows where they release these animals back in to the wild. There is nothing more thrilling than to see a beautiful creature do what it was created to do and be who it was created to be. You would think it would just take off once given the opportunity, and some do. But others have forgotten what it is to be free. Once an animal is among humans for a while it can forget what it was made for. It can get used to the status quo. As I saw that mighty eagle in the cage I heard these words. “He doesn’t know he’s free.”
That can be true of so many Christians, myself included. We might know in our heads that we are free. We might have even memorized the verses that tell us so, but in our heart of hearts we are bound. We stand at the door of life, staring longingly at the beauty beyond our cage. Not knowing that all we have to do is walk through it into the freedom Christ won for us with His death and resurrection. John 8:36 says, “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” Did Christ make us free? Yes! Then we are certainly free indeed! Galatians 2:20 tells us “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” There is no sickness, no poverty, no disease, No drug or alcohol addiction, no depression, no eating disorder, no fear of man, nor any other form of bondage that can hold us down. We just have to believe what God’s word says on the matter. And not only believe but act on it.
Colossians 2:13-15 gives us this amazing news, “and you being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” In other words: the enemy has been defeated and humiliated, our chains have been broken, our sins have been forgiven and blotted out. He has flung our prison door wide. The only thing between us and realizing the freedom Christ intends for us is the person we stare at in the mirror every morning. Its time for the Word of God to become real to us. Oh my friends, its time to soar.
“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up on wings like eagles, they shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31