What if I told you that you are a slave? Yes, this includes you who live in America known for being “Home of the free.” I know it sounds completely insane! Whether you are conscious of it or not, you serve a master of some kind. There is indeed an authority over your life that you serve. The real question is figuring out who your master is.
Who do you serve or obey? Sure you will have multiple “managers” in your life, but who is your “CEO”? The Bible, specifically the book of Romans points out that there all people are slaves to one of two possible Masters:
Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. Romans 6:16-18
There you have it folks! Either you are a slave to sin or a slave to righteousness. You can’t be both. From initial perusal, maybe you are thinking, “Who wants to be a slave?! I want to be free!” Glad you brought it up! Believe it or not, by being a slave to righteousness you can experience freedom like never before!
When you are a slave to sin, you can’t control your passions like greed, jealousy, or pride. That bad habit that you keep trying to kick to the curb just keeps rearing its ugly head over and over. No matter how hard YOU try to change, you just keep coming back to square one. You just keep messing up in your relationships. If sin wasn’t a cruel master already, at the end of your service you just find death. How depressing and dark is that? You serve this needy, cruel, merciless master only to be rewarded with death.
If that wasn’t sad enough, majority of the population is a slave to sin! Multitudes around us live their lives in darkness completely subservient to the worst taskmaster that you can’t even touch or see. I was once a slave to sin, and I was completely oblivious. I had no idea that the seemingly innocuous choices made, words spoken, and attitudes lived was slowly digging my own grave. I desperately needed a Savior.
On the flip side, you can be a slave to righteousness. This happens when you accept Jesus as the Lord of your life. He is the Savior I desperately needed! When I placed my faith on Him, He was the one who covered all my brokenness and sinfulness with His own righteousness. He is the only one who changes my heart and gives me the power to conquer the habits, struggles, and sin in my life.
By following Christ, I have the greatest Master who is always there for me, showers me with His love and grace, and provides all my needs. He is such a good Master that He knows me better than I know myself! There have been so many times in my life where He provided something that I didn’t even realize that I had needed.
As my Master, Christ doesn’t want the “traditional” master-servant relationship. He desires an intimate relationship with me for eternity! This means that unlike sin, being a slave to righteousness means that death is not the end of my story. Death has no sting or victory over me because Christ already claimed victory over sin and death when He died on the cross and rose again on the third day!
Choose today who will be your master. If you choose to be a slave of righteousness, then you really will find freedom.