“O Lord, I am Your servant; yes, I am Your servant, born into Your household; You have freed me from my chains. I will offer You a sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord.”
Isn’t it great news to know that we are no longer slaves of sins but friends of Christ?! Of course, as Paul says, although we are no longer slaves to sin, we are slaves of righteousness1. Well what does that mean? Slavery, simply put, means you are in bondage to whatever is controlling or mastering your life. If you are addicted to chocolate, then you are a slave to it. Much is the same with us. Before Christ, we were also slaves to sin’s pulls, temptations and addictions, ultimately enslaved to the enemy’s schemes and ways. Yet now we are in Christ, we are born ‘into the household’ of God, and become His ‘slaves’. Yet the difference is, we are slaves without chains, free to serve our Master, not out of fear or in bondage, but because we want to, through obedience and in freedom. We have chosen to serve God, and in turn He gives us a new life, full of every blessing from the Father, empowered to live life to the fullest through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
When we were in slavery to sin, we tried to break free from the chains that held us down, but we were trapped in its luring net. Yet when Christ invaded our lives, He shattered the chains that bound us, and gave us freedom to live in Him. Sin is suffocating but Christ’s yoke is liberating and full of love and peace. Let us thank God for the chains that have been broken, and the freedom we can live in. In Christ is the victory!
1Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living. Romans 6:17-18