Captured and Captivated

Captured, but not captivated = addiction, enslavement.

Captivated, but not captured = infatuation (an intense but short-lived passion or admiration)

Captured AND Captivated = you’re captured by someone you want to be captured by.

Paul – a bondservant of Christ. Greek = Doulos

~ one who gives himself up to another’s will those whose service is used by Christ in extending and advancing His cause among men

~ devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests. Reminds me of Phil. 2:1-8

When we recognize the true Jesus we will find ourselves both captivated and captured. In this sense the capturing is good and desirable because the One who captures us is good. This type of capturing is protective not restrictive.

How can we be captured by things that do not captivate us – things that are not good?

What things/people captivate us, but can never capture us (in the sense of providing us true shelter, real life, and fulfillment)?

How does the true Jesus capture and captivate us? What does this mean? What do our lives look like when we’ve been captured and captivated by Christ?

Here’s the incredible truth about being captured and captivated by Christ. He is then able to break us away from everything else that has captured or captivated us. All of those empty and controlling things in our lives that could never fulfill us.

Jesus, through the power of the Gospel, captures and captivates us. Ironically, this is what truly sets us free to be the person we have been created to be.



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