Hey everyone. I hope all of you are doing well. We’re about to start school back up soon in whatever fashion it comes about. As we continue going forward, I have a challenge for all of you to think about. Who are you a slave to?
Today, everyone you know is a slave to something. It could be an actual person in the traditional sense, fear, a job, their specific sin, or any other thing that’s taking control of their life.
I know some people are going to react negatively to this and say they could never be a slave to someone, but think about what being a slave is. Being a slave is having someone or something being in complete control of you. They control what you do and sometimes how you think.
“For we know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that sin’s dominion over the body may be abolished, so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin, since a person who has died is freed from sin’s claims. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him,”
Romans 6:6-8Hcsb Bible
Let me just give you some examples of being a slave to something other than another human being. Just look at 2020 for an example. Whenever this coronavirus came out and the media started to push the deadliness of it, everyone started and is still panicking.
Not saying that coronavirus is not real or that you shouldn’t take it seriously like any other virus, but too many are letting their lives be paralyzed by fear. They’re allowing the people they trust(media and so called experts) completely be in control of their lives without asking any more questions. They’re being slaves to fear.
The same goes for anyone that easily falls for conspiracy theories. They’re allowing fear to control their lives and the way they think. They see someone out to get them behind every corner.
If you’re a slave to your job, then you will let your boss control what you do outside of your job, stop you from doing what God calls you to do. Some people will even let their boss be in control of what they do completely when it comes to their personal life by telling them to do work without being compensated for it. They’re either being a slave to fear or greed in the pursuit of the love of money.
Now I’m not saying to be lazy or not to take your job seriously. I’m saying that you need to work hard, take it seriously but don’t let it be in complete control of your life. Because if you lose that job for whatever reason, you very well might lose your identity and purpose in life unfortunately.
Another thing that we could be slaves to is our lust, or drug, or hobbies. We can easily see how we can be slaves to drugs but how can we be slaves to lust and our hobbies?
Well have you ever met someone that identifies themselves as a homosexual or gambler before they say their sex. They’ll say “im a homosexual man/woman” or “I’m a gambling man/woman” instead of identifying as a human made by God in his image. They also let their entire life revolve the ability to do that hobby or lust.
They will change their work schedule or cancel plans so that can purposely do the act of their lust or hobby. That be heterosexual or homosexual and any other hobby.
Of course there can be plenty of other things that we can be slaves to, but these are just some that come to mind when thinking about what some could be. So what is something or someone we should be slaves to? What should we allow our minds and our lives to be completely organized around?
The obvious answer is Jesus Christ, but let’s look at some reasons why. Well in the passage above, it says that we won’t be enslaved by our sins because someone can only have one true master. That means that we won’t be controlled by our fear, or lust, or gambling, or anger. We won’t feel powerless in the situation we are in.
The second reason is almost the best but it’s not. So when being controlled by our sin, after the sin is committed, it never ends in life or victory but rather death of family, life, future or reputation. But when we let God be our master, we are given peace and joy, and confidence that he’s in control and we don’t have to be consumed by fear from our mistakes and others because we know the ultimate ending of it all.
The best reason is the one that I look forward to the most and one that plenty of people that I look up to are experiencing right now. In the last part of the passage, Paul points out that we will live with him after we die. We will be living in heaven, where there is no more fear, tears, anger or tragedy but rather peace, unity, love and confidence. I dream of and look forward to being with my savior someday at the end of my life on earth.
So I ask you at the end of the day to look at your life. Look at what consumers your life. Look at what you organize your life around completely. Is It your sin, or hobbies, or is it God? Who do you serve? Who is your master? Who are you a slave to?