To be a slave … or not

English: No slavery! Freedom. Liberty. Русский...

English: No slavery! Freedom. Liberty. Русский: Нет рабству! Свобода. Воля. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. – Galatians 5:1

I remember as a teen there were certain items considered cool to wear. They were more expensive, of course, but they had to be purchased so that I could somehow fit in with the crowd at school. My hair had to be just so along with numerous other ideals that I tried to reach. This took a lot of time, energy and money. I served these ideals every day.

Slavery means to serve someone or something. This can give negative images considering the slavery in our history where people owned others, being a slave to an addiction or slaving at work to get ahead. We can be slaves to materialism as well as trying to impress others. Slavery comes in many forms. It takes away our personhood as we give ourselves over to the person or thing that lays claim to us.

Christ is the key to freedom. Being empowered by God’s Spirit is what breaks the chains of slavery. There no longer is a hold on us once we have accepted the truth that Jesus brings to us. Once free, it is easy to fall into old habits and become a slave once again. We don’t need to put the yoke on again … not with Jesus. Following him means finding freedom.

Prayer: Thank you for the freedom in my life, Lord. I pray that the chains that still bind me in areas of my life be broken in your powerful name. Amen

Faith Tip: Think about an area in your life that you are in slavery. Look to Jesus for the freedom you desire.

 

3 thoughts on “To be a slave … or not

  1. You would think that Jesus and the New Testament would have a different view of slavery, but slavery is still approved of in the New Testament, as the following passages show.

  2. Biblical mandates concerning rape, slavery and human sacrifice are much more explicit and appear many more times than any mention of a man sleeping with a man. And yet, in the argument against homosexuality, these commandments are never even mentioned while Leviticus 18:22 is quoted repeatedly. . There are more than 600 commandments in the Bible that could inform our behavior, including murder (sometimes condoned, sometimes forbidden); theft (generally forbidden, but not always); fashion (lots and lots of fashion advice); working Saturdays (according to Exodus, yard work on Saturdays is pretty much an abomination).

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