Several times a month I have the privilege of sitting with women who are inmates at a prison five miles from my house.
I love to read them this verse in which Jesus describes his mission at the beginning of His ministry.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4: 18-19.
Then I ask a question of the inmates.
“What imprisons you when you are not in prison?”
I ask myself this question too because we are all prisoners of something.
Perhaps it’s a behavior or attitude.
Maybe it’s a bad habit that plagues you or an addiction to which you turn for relief from stress.
Here are some of the things these women have shared.
I’m in a prisoner of self hate.
I’m a prisoner of alcohol.
I’m a prisoner to my impulses.
I am a prisoner of my anger.
My hatred for my ex-husband keeps me imprisoned.
The approval of others.
Anxiety and fear.
The list goes on and on.
We are all prisoners although we may not be watched by guards and held back by barbed wire. We all have blind spots as to our deepest motives, hurts and defenses. We are all oppressed by sin and the brokenness in this world.
Jesus came to give you precious gifts leading to freedom.
He has the keys to unlock prison doors, the wisdom and insight to open our blind eyes to the truth and the power to release us from oppression.
We will not want liberty until we know we are prisoners and feel ourselves confined, in need of release and open to ask for power beyond our own to lead us to out to the spacious space of freedom.
Thanks for listening,
Love and Blessings,
Milan & Kay