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What are you a slave to?

Webster says that a slave is “one that is completely subservient to a dominating influence”.  So, what are you a slave to?  What influence dominates your life?  Do you even know?  Have you ever thought to ask?

The answer to that main question is as diverse as those who attempt to answer it.  Some would answer with the typical responses like drugs, pornography, food, fear, technology, my spouse or kids.  Just about anything can enslave someone, including religion and good works.  All of those are suitable answers and they underline a common thread…Sin.

In its truest form, sin is anything that goes against the will of God.  That can include “good works” if the source for those works is anything other than God Himself.

Romans chapter 6 tells us that we can be slaves to 2 things…Sin or Righteousness.

17But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin…You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

20When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

When you are a slave to sin, by nature you are submitted to its power and influence over you.  It is a form of bondage that you cannot liberate yourself from.  You are held captive by your natural bent toward it.  In this state, righteousness is nowhere to be found.

In the same way you are bound to God and His righteousness when you have faith that the blood of the Lamb, spoken of in Rev 1:5, is sufficient to take away your sins and make them white as snow.  When this happens, you become a new creation and the old self is done away with.  We receive the Spirit of sonship and become co-heirs with Christ. (Rom 8:15-17)  In this state, when God looks at us, sin is nowhere to be found.

If you have that kind of relationship with God then walk in the freedom that has been given you.  If you struggle with a vise that you find hard to break, discover the authority given you by Jesus to cast down every stronghold and walk in it. (Luke 10:19, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

If you do not have a relationship with Jesus.  If you feel more like a slave than a son.  He can change that.  All you have to do is let Him in.

Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.  So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:35-36)

Categories: Freedom
  1. Amy
    July 10, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I think this is my favorite post you have written!!!

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