You’re a slave, do you want to be free?
The other day I read a message on a pen that businesses hand out to customers. The slogan read: ‘I’m free! Now there’s a thought.’
I thought, Jesus makes us free, now that’s a better thought.
“If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36 NASB).
Do you want to be free?
We all want to be free. We consider ourselves free. If not, then who am I a slave to?
The thought that we are under someone’s control is repugnant. It challenges our pride, our deep-rooted existentialism.
God gave us a free will, but we do not have autonomy in that. We rebel against God, who is light, and in doing so find ourselves captive to the power of sin.
We can never truly know Jesus because we are captives to another power that prevents this.
Removing the veil
“If the Good News we preach is veiled from anyone, it is a sign that they are perishing. Satan, the god of this evil world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe.”(2 Corinthians 4: 3,4).
This veil that obscures the truth about who we are can be removed only through belief in Christ.
Once this veil is removed, we can know Jesus and become free from the life-crushing, destructive power of sin in our lives.
We can live productive lives and have the indwelling power to turn away from the things we don’t want to do.
True freedom is to choose whom we serve. It’s hard to accept that we are slaves. Yet, the question is, who are we the slaves of?
Are we slaves to sin or slaves to righteousness?
Jesus said, “I assure you that everyone who sins is a slave of sin” (John 8:34 NLT). The wages of sin is death, but the freedom to serve God is eternal life through Jesus Christ. (Romans 6: 22).
“Whenever anyone turns to the Lord, then the veil is taken away.” (2 Corinthians 3:16). The truth is revealed, and Jesus gives us the power and freedom to choose who we shall eternally serve.
Once we make that choice, once we believe in Jesus, we are freed from the power of sin and become slaves of God, resulting in being right with God (Romans 3:22, 23).
Which Master will you serve?
We don’t want to be slaves of anyone, but it is not possible to be entirely independent of God or the devil. We cannot sit on the fence. We cannot stick our heads in the sand and believe everything will go away, and we cannot serve two masters. (Mt. 6:24).
With Jesus we are free to choose to live God’s way; whereas, without Christ we are not free to choose, our lives are controlled by the power of satan albeit, with veiled eyes, we may not realise it.
Many people consider themselves free, but they are not, the devil is a liar. He makes people believe they are free, free to live their own lives, free to make their own decisions, free to do what they want.
Karen Armstrong wrote about the Apostle Paul,
‘He [Paul] was, therefore, “a slave to sin,” because he had found it impossible to do what he knew, in his heart, to be right. (Romans 7: 14-20).
‘For Paul sin was a demonic power before which we were virtually helpless.’
(St Paul The Misunderstood Apostle, p.34. Atlantic Books 2015).
Bob Dylan wrote these lyrics after he came to believe in Jesus:
‘But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody,
It may be the devil, or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.’
I am in control
The Jews believed they were slaves to no one, that they were the sons of Abraham (John 8:33). But Jesus told them that, without Him, they were, in fact, children of the devil, which didn’t go down too well. (John 8:44-47).
People still think they are slaves to no one, and they have autonomy over their lives.
Paul wrote, “They may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.” (2 Timothy 2:26)
Jesus told them, “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
They answered Him. “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free?’”
If you want to experience the joy of true freedom, then ask Jesus to make you free.
Belief in God’s word will set you free: that Jesus died, was buried and rose again on the third day.
Believe in Jesus, and you will be free, free to choose to live a better life.
Now that’s an enlightening thought!