Col. 1:13 Amp. [The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
I had no desire to stop smoking pot. I liked smoking weed. Actually, I wanted a religion that would justify my chosen lifestyle. The scary thing about that;? It is not so different from what is preached today in many relevant churches. God made you like you are and His grace covers you in your chosen sinful pleasure. The problem with that; Paul said it clearly, “WHAT SHALL we say [to all this]? Are we to remain in sin in order that God’s grace (favor and mercy) may multiply and overflow?” The obvious answer, absolutely not.
Today’s verse has a hidden shade of meaning that hints at the key to this pleasure thing. It is the word delivered; the original Greek word also means attracted or drawn. This shows us the way we are actually rescued. The Lord draws us away from the destructive sinful pleasures of this world by shear attraction. The Holy Spirit opens our eyes to the beauty of God’s love for us and baptized us into the experiential pleasures of God. It is these pleasures found in knowing Him that changes everything for us. That brings me back to my unexpected and unwanted deliverance from marijuana. Jesus caught me by surprise. I checked into the Jesus Freak movement like I had checked into numerous other religions. The difference is I found acceptance and love rather than judgement and rules. No one told me I couldn’t smoke pot, it’s just I simply didn’t want to anymore. What was the point? Who wants a hamburger when you can have a steak?
The change was sudden and drastic. I wanted to read my Bible!!! Really?!?! I wanted to go to church; a lot! (You have to be kidding.) The old life was not on my radar. As Paul said, “I was delivered from the kingdom of darkness”.
The coup de gras was this, I wanted to go to Bible School and become a preacher. (You have got to be kidding.) I would never have dreamed in a million years that I was headed for the ministry. Me and all my friends mocked ministers, after all, weren’t they all in it for the money? My friends scattered like roaches and many thought I had snapped emotionally. The truth? I was transferred to another kingdom.