Every few months, I have the privilege of going to Lino Lakes Correctional Facility to sing for and with a group of men, at an event called “Friday Night at the Q”. I think “Q” is the name of the building we are in. It’s about 200 men who are on fire for Jesus, singing praises to Him together. Nothing compares to this, as a musician or a worship leader. I think it’s the closest I may get on earth to what it’ll be like some day singing before the throne of God…
There is a banner on the wall in this room, with the verse from Romans 6:
You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness (Romans 6:18)
I am always struck by this verse, as I’m in there. These men are NOT free, physically. They are prisoners. But they are FREE, in ways many of us, even believers may not be. So many of these men have truly laid their burdens down before the foot of the cross, and let Jesus take them. Have you? If not – why don’t you?
That question is for me, as much as it is for you.
If you ever get the chance – Ask these men about this freedom. You’ll be amazed…
So – why become free, to then become a SLAVE again? As this verse seems to indicate. It doesn’t make sense???
Well – there is a difference here. The “slave to righteousness” is voluntary. Much like slavery in OT times was. It was voluntary servitude. Maybe to pay off a debt. Sometimes, those who paid their debt, or were forgiven their debt (Look up the Jubliee), volunteered to remain servants – because they were so loved and taken care of – and they so loved their master. This is the picture of we who are in Christ. We are so much indebted to our Savior – and yet we willingly serve our loving Master.
Then – often even those who volunteered were turned into forced, tortured, captives. Much like the slaves in Egypt. Much like us, as we are slaves to sin. We voluntarily sin, but we cannot get out…
But Jesus sets us free….
Do you know this? Ask one of these men about it…
I wrote this song for these men, because they have changed MY life. God is doing amazing things in and through their lives – ask them about it…
I took lyrics from the hymn, “Amazing Grace”, as it is probably the most fitting gospel song written by man.
You once were slaves to sin. Now slaves to righteousness. Do you know this?
At A Price
A hefty price
You’ve been won
Bought your life
That saved a wretch
A slave to fear
I lay that down
You draw me near…
The Lord is good
His will secure
Will melt like snow
You’ll be my God
Song written: February 26, March 6, 7, 2017
Song recorded: April 7, 10, July 21, 2017
First released: April 10, 2017
Songwriters: Ted Hajnasiewicz, John Newton
Courtney Jayd – Backing Vocals
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