I’ve been a slave most of my life. There are areas that I am still in bondage, although like many others, I choose not to look too closely. To recognize that I am “a person who is excessively dependent upon or controlled by something” (definition of slave), means that I will have to admit that whatever is controlling me is a sin, and I am a slave to it. (John 8:34). I suppose we all have something in our lives that we are drawn to and there’s nothing wrong with that. Hobbies and interests are part of what define us as individuals.
There have been interests that I have given up completely once I realized they were a sin. I don’t take pride from ever walking down those paths. Just as I don’t relish in watching someone else who is lost on their own path of disillusionment. There are a lot of different viewpoints of what sin is. Some believe that it’s a direct offense against divine law. Others believe that it’s any act that hinders your relationship with God. I ascribe to the latter definition. To sum it up, anything that I seek more that God is getting in the way of my relationship with Him. Therefore it’s sin. There have been TV shows I was more committed to than God. I have actually been irate in the past over missing a show, or a movie, or a manicure, or a phone call. I can honestly say that I have never been irate at missing my quiet time with God. That realization is actually making my spirit hurt right now. The thought of anything else I have allowed into my life to take precedence over my Creator is appalling. Didn’t see that lesson coming.
“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 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.”
I know how to be set free from the bondage of slavery. He has told us, and actually I already know it to be true in my life. “If you hold to my teaching” is the key. If I don’t continually learn more and more of the truth, there is no possibility of becoming free from the sin that I’m slave to. By continuing in ignorance and not seeking knowledge, we are positioning ourselves to remain deceived. I am so grateful that I have been made a part of the family, but to be a more productive part I need to continually learn more of the truth through my relationship with Christ. “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)
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