Monday, August 4, 2014

What and Who?

"Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living." Romans 6:16

Who are you a slave to? 

Many might answer no one, but in reality we are all a slave to something or someone. 

As our Pastor challenged us to figure out who we are a slave to, it made begin to evaluate if I was truly a slave to Christ or myself more. 

It's not always easy to have these conversations with Christ, especially when you know the truth. 

I desire to be a slave to Christ, but often times it seems I can be more a slave to self. 

This I despise, because being a slave to self produces things that are hard to overcome and break free from. 

Being a slave to self often results in worldliness, pride, selfishness, laziness, greed, jealousy, anger and bitterness. It also produces insecurity, doubt and lack of contentment. 

I am pretty certain, many of us our slaves to self and have been for a long time. 

But there is hope for us, Jesus promises to set us free from our bondage. 

He has made a way where we no longer have to live according to our flesh or the law. He did this by taking our place on the Cross. He took our sins upon Himself and He died so we would not have to. 

In return, when we accept Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, as He enters us and fills us with the Holy Spirit we can rise in freedom. Our old self is gone and we are new in Jesus. 

We no longer have to live as slaves to self. We no longer have to live under its condemnation, insecurity, doubt and misery. 

Instead, we can be slaves to Christ. 

We can live under His commands, promises and truth. Which bring joy, hope, excitement, protection, peace, love, forgiveness, healing and many more blessings. 

I would rather be a slave to Christ and be free than be a slave to self and live in bondage. In order to do this I have to make my Adam's suit do what it doesn't want to do- Die to self. 

What are you a slave to?

Praise of man
Working out 

The easiest way to know, is by evaluating what you spend the most time doing, investing in, thinking about and doing. 

What are you a slave too?