Are You Really Free?
We Are All Slaves to Something or Someone
We are living in a country that values our freedom. And that is not a bad thing, unless you believe freedom means that absolutely no one tells you what to do, including God. Also, if you think that it means that you can do whatever you want, regardless of the consequences or who it may hurt, then that is not freedom, that is anarchy.
And the interesting thing is that none of us is completely free anyway. If you have to get up in the morning at a certain time to make a living, your're not free. And anyone who has ever owned a house, a car, or any other material possession has some idea that they have to maintain them. The more possessions that we have, the more we have to maintain. Our possessions start to possess us. We become slaves to them.
Many people serve money. It is a wonderful servant, but a terrible master, because you can never get enough of it. You have to constantly work to get more.
And think about this. If you can't seem to put down the cookies when they are in front of you, even though you know that they are making you fat and unhealthy, your're not free. Any weakness that you may have that keeps you from becoming all that you were meant to be, whether it be pornography, television, alcohol or any of a myriad of addictions, means that you're not a free person. And all of us, apart from Jesus Christ, are slaves to sin.
I. Jesus on Slavery to Sin
In John chapter 8 we have Jesus speaking to some Jews who had believed in Him. He says this to them:
"If you continue in my word then you are truly disciples of mine; and you will know the truth. and the truth will make you free" (31).
This got them a little upset. They thought that because they were the sons of Abraham that they had never been slaves to anyone. Well, from a historical point of view, that wasn't true. The Jews were slaves in Egypt, and they had been taken over by several nations afterward, because God was judging their sins. And they were, at the time of this encounter, under Roman rule. But Jesus didn't talk about all of that. He, rather talked about a deeper slavery to which they were bound. His response to them was this:
"Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever. The Son does remain forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed."
Jesus tells us that everyone has a master. Most in this world have sin as their master. And it is a hard task master which will ultimately destroy its servant (Romans 6:23).
II. Paul on Slavery to Sin
The Apsotle Paul also gives the analogy of sin being the master of the unbeliever. In Romans 6:16,17 Paul compares our life before salvation to our life after it and says:
"Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one you obey, either of sin, resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness. But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching which you were committed, you became slaves of righteousness."
None of us can escape the fact that we are in bondage to something or someone. But because of what Jesus Christ did on the cross, he gives us the ability to choose who our master will be.
Ironically, true freedom comes in serving the right master. If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, you've made the wrong choice. You are still following a master that will lead you to eternal destruction. As we earlier noted, our Lord said of Himself: "So if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed" (John 8:36). Also, He appeals to us to:
"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light."
Let us this day choose whom we will serve. Those who choose Christ will never regret it, either now or in eternity.