In the classic Children’s novel, Charlotte’s Web, Wilbur the pig escapes his pen to find a taste of freedom. His barnyard buddies cheer him on and coach him on how to dodge the farmer, Mr. Zuckerman, as he tries to lure him back to his pen. The goose says, “No-no-no! It’s the old pail trick, Wilbur. Don’t fall for it, don’t fall for it! He’s trying to lure you back into captivity-ivity. He’s appealing to your stomach.”
Sometimes we are easily lured into the captivity of our sins because the enemy knows exactly how to lure us in. Just like the warm “slops” appealed to Wilbur’s stomach, we have our own traps that send us back into captivity every time. What’s the barrel of slops for you? What entices you to walk back into captivity after you’ve experienced freedom? Oftentimes the immediate pleasure seems so good in the moment that we don’t care about the consequences of being trapped back in our own pattern of sins, our own captivity.
We must stand firm, saying no to the “slops” the enemy is offering us, so that we don’t find ourselves slaves to sin once again. When we are led by the flesh, we will choose the “slops” every time. However, if we walk by the Spirit we will not be tied to the desires of our flesh. Our minds will be set on what the Spirit desires, and we will see the “slops” for what they are.
If you are having trouble getting out of captivity and finding the freedom that Jesus is offering you, it may be good to seek additional resources and support. You can start by reaching out here. We can help get you connected to a class or program that fits your needs.