Monday, May 21st, 2012
Eating Right (Part 7: Heavy Chains)
Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were loosed.
Acts 16:26 (NKJV)
Going back to Part 1 of the 'Eating Right' series, I was a heavyweight--surely one of the biggest women in the talent development industry (physically speaking). I understand what it's like to carry around 220 pounds of chain every day.
But I believe the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ brought the chain-breaking movement. The Book of Matthew describes it:
'So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, 'Truly this was the Son of God!' ' (Matthew 27:54).
'And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from Heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it' (Matthew 28:2).
When Jesus defeated Satan, the world turned upside-down and right side up. The Holy Spirit blew into His people to seal the deal; 'Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty' (2 Corinthians 3:17).
Undoubtedly, excess pounds upon our bodies are chains that tie us to chairs, dinner tables, and doctors' offices; as performers, they can limit our potential in an appearance-driven industry. Most importantly, they can limit our witness to the freedom that Christ gives us.
Capture this vision: excess pounds begin falling off every committed Christian in the world. They get serious about running His race, and God multiplies their efforts. Think of the stir. Wouldn't everyone in similar chains want in on this miracle?
Shouldn't we advertise the benefits of working for our Boss? 'Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit Who is in you, Whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?' (1 Corinthians 6:19).
Let's take up Jesus' offer to set the captives free and walk in the 'Liberty' (Psalm 119:45) to which we are called.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Eating Right series.