Captive or Free?

Do you not know that if you continually surrender yourselves to anyone to do his will, you are the slaves of him whom you obey, whether that be to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience which leads to righteousness (right doing and right standing with God)? But thank God, though you were once slaves of sin, you have become obedient with all your heart to the standard of teaching in which you were instructed and to which you were committed.  And having been set free from sin, you have become the servants of righteousness (of conformity to the divine will in thought, purpose, and action). (Romans 6:16-18 AMP)

July 4th marks the day of independence for Americans. We celebrate it with pride. And so we should…many good men and women have died for our freedom to pursue life and happiness.

Freedom seems to be the desire of every human soul. But is it possible? Were we created to be free?

Face it, liberties only seem to free us from one form of bondage to enable us to chain ourselves to another form.

According to the Bible, we are slaves to whomever or to whatever masters us. We become servants to other people, our spouses, our parents, our children, our employers, obliged to do their bidding. If not people, food, drugs, alcohol, materialism, video games, the internet, or some other substance becomes our master.

What a pathetic lot we humans are!

Not only do we submit to physical slavery, we yield ourselves to spiritual lords as well. We either succumb to the laws of sin and thereby become slaves to it, or we surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ and thereby become the servants of righteousness. See Romans 6:18.

God created humans to worship, praise, and serve Him. But we resist His control and subject ourselves to other forms of control…other masters…masters that set us in chains, weighing us down with shackles so cumbersome we sink instead of soar. And our souls continue to cry out for freedom.

Thus, we find our only hope for freedom comes from submission to Christ. He came to set the captives free from physical and spiritual bondage. He did it by submitting Himself totally to the Father’s will. By His example, we understand how to live free from the bondage of sin and dependent on God the Father.

Yeah, it sounds like an oxymoron to say He frees us to make us slaves to righteousness. But since we are prone to slavery, isn’t it better to succumb to God? In doing so, our souls are set free.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

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