“Today is the first day of the rest of my life,” Gretta thought as she stood on the steps of the Eastern European orphanage which had been her home for the last 18 years. All the excitement of the last week caused her to smile. Her friends and the house parents had a nice party for her 18th birthday. They helped her to pack up her meager belongings and everyone crowded around her trying to give her hugs and advice about what to do when she left the orphanage for good.
But fear lurked under the excitement of finally being on her own. Where was she going to live? What kind of job could she get? More importantly, where was she going to get lunch, now that she no longer sat at the long tables with her friends? The young woman squared her shoulders and headed down to the village square. Maybe she could wait on tables there at the restaurant. With a hopeful heart, she set out.
She spied a well-dressed woman sitting in the cafe nearby. “Perhaps she will have some information to help me get started?
The woman seemed happy to help. She offered to buy Gretta some lunch and to provide housing until she could find some work. For another week, Gretta stayed at the woman’s house, faithfully looking for work every day, only to find nothing. Meanwhile the woman fed her well, bought clothing for her and gave her a room of her own.
But the woman was not really the generous person Gretta thought. She was employed by traffickers who paid her to lure emancipated orphans and other young women into slavery. Her smile soon turned to a frown as she confronted Gretta. “It’s time you started paying me back for all I’ve given you.”
When the young woman pleaded for just a little more time to find a job and pay back her debts, the trafficker refused. She turned Gretta over to men who raped and beat her into submission. Because of Gretta’s “debt,” the emancipated orphan became a slave – a young woman caught in the web of sex trafficking. *
Though it often looks pleasing to the eye, sin will always turn ugly and entangle us in debt to the enemy of our souls. It will cost us our freedom of will and our very souls in the end.
But because of His love for us, Christ paid a debt he didn’t owe to fulfill God’s law and to buy our freedom from the bondage of sin.All we need to do is reach out to that Love.
Lord, help me to love like you, giving all I have to rescue others from their debt to sin. Amen.