The great escape that was a mistake

guinea pig cageA few days ago, my wife looked out the window and noticed that Nibbles (one of our Guinea pigs) had escaped. What was really strange was that he was frantically trying to get back into the cage.

Nibbles had got out of the first floor door and unfortunately he had somehow pushed the door shut behind him. He was sat on the piece of wood outside that door (it has a white label on the end of it in the picture) and he was desperately tying to bite through the mesh to get back in. It may have been too high for him to jump down and he was scared. We also had a dog staying in the house at the time and perhaps he was afraid of having to play with her. We do not know what Nibbles was thinking except that he desperately wanted to get back in his cage. He wanted to return to captivity.

We may have things that we would like to be free from but when we begin to explore that freedom it can seem daunting and so we may want to go back. Nibbles appeared frightened of the wider world he had found and he wanted to go home and hide.

I’ve heard it said that it’s easy to give up smoking, it’s the staying free from it that is hard.

Do you ever think negatively about yourself, that you’re stupid, fat, ugly etc? Wouldn’t it be great if we could find the freedom to just be ourselves? It would be wonderful to be free from the effect of negative things people say to us.

Would you like to be free from anger?

Would you like to be free from guilt?

Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8.31-32)

The Bible and it’s teachings can lead us to freedom if we remain faithful to them by believing in and following them.

I used to believe I was ugly and worthless but then I realized that I am created in the image of God. If I am ugly and worthless then so is God whose image I am in. If I hate myself I criticize his design.

You may think you are worthless, but the Bible tells us that Jesus died to give us freedom and to open up the way for us to know God and to live with him forever.  God loves us unconditionally and he died for us to prove it. He doesn’t force his salvation on us, we have a choice of whether to turn to him to receive it or not.

Jesus wants us to be free from sin and things that damage our lives. Will we turn to and trust in him, allowing his truth to set us free?

When we follow Jesus, the Holy Spirit (Gods presence) comes to live inside us. As we seek freedom we can call on the Spirit to fill us afresh and to give us extra strength and determination to find and then to continue to live in our freedom.

Don’t be like Nibbles the Guinea pig. Take a risk, find freedom and live in it.

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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One Response to The great escape that was a mistake

  1. Reblogged this on Honest about my faith and commented:

    Do we want to be free?

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