What? I’m not a slave! I am free. Most of us, especially in democracies consider ourselves free. Free to be and do to what we want. As true as that may sound and as true is that appears — it is a lie. Your freedom enslaves you. To quote a song about relationships from my youth, “Freedom, that’s just some people talking. Your prison is walking though this world all alone” (Eagles – Desperado). While Don Henley and Glen Frey wrote about a man’s struggle in finding a companion and his claims to living free, they give hint to a basic truth. Every form of freedom brings about a personal slavery. The single adult may be free from the burdens of a relationship, but they are a slave to the struggles of isolation. Adults in relationships, may enjoy the freedoms that marriage brings, but they are a slave (servant) to that relationship if they want it to continue.
To form a spiritual connection, notice what Paul says in Romans 6:16, ‘Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?” You are either a slave of sin or of Christ. Either sin drives you (motivates you) or Christ is your motivating drive.
Take inventory. Ask yourself some deep questions and give yourself honest answers:
- What thoughts are on my mind when I awake? — my job? my family? my first smoke, toke, line, injection, or drink? or God and Christ?
- How long into the day before I pray? If I do at all?
- What do I talk about with friends and co-workers? Do I allow God’s word or the world to influence the language I use?
- On my commute home, what am I thinking about? How someone hurt me at work? Why that person is driving so slow and making me late? What is for dinner? I can’t wait to see my family? Or this is a good time to pray?
- My favorite show, sport, or movie is on TV, and someone needs my help. Do I hit record and go help by fellow man (family, brother in Christ, lost soul) or do I ignore the plea?
- Are my desires my god (cf. Phil 3:19) or is God my Master (owner)?
In his book Slave, John MacArthur concludes, “To be a Christians is to be a slave of Christ.”
The question I ask you is not, “Are you a slave, but whose slave are you?” – Scott