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Captives of Christ

In Romans 1:9 Paul said,

“For God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the gospel of His Son…”

As believers, we have a spirit that is mingled with the Lord who is the Spirit, and we are joined to Him in one spirit (2 Cor. 3:17; 1 Cor. 6:17). As those who have Christ in our spirit, we should be those who follow His leading in our spirit. When we receive the Lord into us, He desires that we would be His captives in being led by Him in everything. This is a challenge to most believers today.

Most Christians, once they have received the Lord, do not go any further in their Christian walk to be captives of Christ. The real struggle is not with sin or with the world but with who is leading us: ourselves or Christ? Often we believe that we know which choice or path is best and prefer to go our own way rather than have someone lead us. So, to allow Christ to lead us in everything seems to be almost impossible. But Christ was able to make even Saul of Tarsus, His top opposer, into His captive. Saul persecuted other believers and spoke against Christ, yet Christ was able to be victorious even over Saul. If the Lord was able to turn Saul, His opposer, into Paul, His captive, then He can surely gain us as well!

2 Corinthians 2:14 says,

“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in the Christ and manifests the savor of the knowledge of Him through us in every place.”

Through us, and through our allowing the Lord to lead us, we will manifest a fragrance that will attract others to Christ. May the Lord grace us all to be His willing captives!

-JR