Slavery vs. Liberty // Friday, September 19
Posted: Friday, September 19
Verse of the day:
So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law. (Galatians 5:1)
Webster’s defines slavery as “submission to a dominating influence.” I thank God I wasn’t born into slavery, sold into slavery, or taken into slavery; not everyone can say that. Researchers estimate that there are 29.8 million people worldwide who are living as slaves, including some 60,000 right here in America. Slavery denigrates ones identity, diminishes ones value, and destroys ones hope. I thank God I am a part of a church and a fellowship that is doing something about this global problem. And while millions worldwide face the harsh cruelty of slavery, billions face the harsh reality of spiritual slavery, a slavery of the heart, soul, and mind at the hands of the most hated slaver of all: SIN
Webster’s defines liberty as “the quality or state of being free, the power to do as one pleases, free from constraint,” and “the power of choice.” The Apostle Paul firmly states that “Christ has truly set us free.” Jesus unlocked the manacles that bound us to death. He set us free from the grip of sin. Maybe you were once held in a dungeon of self, power, pleasure, religion, or treasure. These, and others like them, are dominating task masters that once pressed their boot on our necks, but now, as followers of Christ, we are free! Free from sin’s domination and free to choose.
The Apostle Paul reminds us that as former slaves, we are to “make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up into slavery…” Paul would not say this if it could not happen. Yes, Christ set us free from sin but we must protect our spiritual freedom. The Apostle Paul describes the personal exercise of his freedom by choosing to become a “bond-servant to Christ” (Rom. 1:1, Gal. 1:10). This is a new kind of master-servant relationship; it is voluntary, productive, and life-giving. In fact, Paul, in Romans 6:18, fleshes out this idea a little more by declaring that followers of Christ are to be “slave(s) to righteousness.” This is how we protect our liberty.
If you’re not free, ask Christ to set you free by committing your life to Him. If you are free, take some time today to remember what slavery to sin was like and then thank God for your freedom. Lastly, choose to become a bond-servant to Christ and to be held by His righteous standards. Enjoy your freedom!
Pastor Mark McKinstry // Christian Education & Missions Pastor