An uncomfortable topic, slavery. Yet we all have been, or currently are, spiritual slaves. Just as not all abuse is physical ... not all slavery is physical. It makes it that much harder to see because you operate under the guise of freedom.
Several of the last few weeks I've been trying to tell you that we all have an enemy. I can only imagine some of you are shaking your heads ... Why Amanda? Even if he exists, why would he bother with me? What does he care if I sin or not? Good question.
The Bible doesn't come out and call him a slave master in so many words, but let me tell you why he is. One of the names the Bible does use is man of lawlessness ... son of destruction. One of our enemy's primary motives is power ... he desires to exalt himself as God, above God. That is the motivation behind everything he has done and will do.
"...the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God."
- 2 Thessalonions 2:3-4
If you are a parent, what is the lowest blow someone could do you? Take your car? Your house?
Your children.We are all God's children, and some of us will never be retrieved. Won't accept the proferred rescue. If we are sealed for that day with the promise of rescue by Jesus blood - our enemy can't touch us. But what he can do is prevent us from coming to the aid of any more of God's children.
"For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."
- Colossians 1:13-14
If we are not serving God in ways that spread His rescue plan to others, we are sinning. If we are outright breaking His laws meant to protect us ... we are slaves to sin. Right where the enemy wants us. Ineffective. Disconnected. Confused. Cut-off.
"Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin."
- John 8:34
Friend. We have all sinned. The Israelites were given the Law so that we could see that in our human form, with our weak human natures, we cannot avoid it. We cannot earn our freedom. We can't buy it. That is why it was bought for us.
"Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God."
- Galatians 4:7
Jesus paid the price for our freedom, but we do have to claim it. God does not force us to accept Him as a loving Master rather than the sin we are born slaves to. When you doubt the Bible, doubt what myself and other Christians are saying to you ... my dare, if you will, is that you search that out. Who stands to benefit from you not claiming that which was given to you freely? You are not your own. So who do you belong to?
"No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other."
- Luke 16:13
Christian friends, while we are sealed in Christ (though there are some who would argue if our acceptance of salvation is permanent ... I am firmly grounded in the belief that the Bible says once you have accepted Christ you are sealed even if your free will is left intact). While we are sealed in Christ, the enemy does not give up on us. He can still shut us down. He may have lost us, but he will fight to keep from losing any more through us.
"But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again?"
- Galatians 4:9
Claim your freedom, child of God. You are PAID in FULL. Live in it. Only in God can you serve in freedom. He is the Good Master - Adonai.