When you think of Slavery, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Torture? Beatings? Hell on Earth? While I can’t imagine what slaves must have gone through on a personal level. I can imagine how degrading and painful it would have been for me, if I was held captive, beaten, and tortured.
Websters dictionary defines a Slave as, ( in the noun context) “a person held in servitude as the chattel of another; one that is completely subservient to a dominating
Wikipedia describes it as, “Slavery (in the past, also called serfdom or thralldom) is a system in which people are the property of others. Slaves can be held against their will from the time of their capture, purchase or birth, and deprived of the right to leave, to refuse to work, or to demand wages. In some societies it was legal for an owner to kill a slave; in others it was a crime.”
While most of us will never experience or see this kind of Slavery, we do experience the bondage and captivity of Satan’s slavery. For a lot of us, we have been freed by the Blood of Jesus Christ death on the cross. However, being that was the only life we knew, we still live our lives that way. The chains of bondage (sin) have been removed and there is nothing holding us down any longer, but because we got so used to the chains around our feet and hands, we still walk as if they were still present. My dear friends, the Bible tells us in Romans 6:5-7 that, If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For
we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of
sin might be done away with,that we should no longer be slaves
to sin— because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. It continues by saying in Romans 6:15-23, ” What then? Shall we sin because we are not
under law but under grace? By no means! Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to
obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were
slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
As with all Freedoms, they are fought and paid for with a price. Our Country enjoys its Freedoms because there were men and women who choose to fight for it, sacrificing there own lives, for the well being of us all. But the same holds true for us as Christians. There was a man who fought and sacrificed His life so that we could live free. His name is Jesus Christ. So as you remember our Nation this 4th of July, giving thanks to our soldiers, past, present, and future. Also giving thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ, for without His sacrifice, we would not only have no freedom, we would also have death.
Prayer: If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I invite you to pray this prayer of salvation, that you too could experience the Freedom and be set free from the bondage of sin.
“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again.
I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected
from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become
the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward.
Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will
for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”