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You Are Slaves of the One Whom You Obey

October 2, 2014

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You Are Slaves  of the One  Whom You Obey

Most all people  will claim  they are free  —  not enslaved  to anyone.     But the truth is  that we are all slaves  in some way  or another.     Romans 6:16 frankly tells us,

Do you  not know  that when you present yourselves  to someone  as slaves  for obedience,  you are slaves  of the one  whom you obey,  either of sin  resulting in death,  or of obedience  resulting in righteousness?

There are many kinds  of slavery.     If we tell lies,  we are a slave  to lying.     If we sneakily  laze around  at our job,  we are enslaved  to laziness.     People can be enslaved  to pornography,  adultery,  stealing,  slandering,  pride,  drugs,  alcohol  —  you name it.     In each case,  they have presented themselves  “to someone  as slaves  for obedience”.

Paul bluntly tells us,  “you are slaves  of the one  whom you obey”.     In the cases  of all sorts  of sins,  one willingly  becomes enslaved  to Satan.     Just because people willingly  become slaves  of sin,  they don’t view themselves  as slaves.     In their imagination,  they are doing  what they want  —  and feel free  in their indulgences.     They even become proud  of their enslavement  and feel  that it gives them the power  to find satisfaction  in life.

But Paul tells them  their enslavement  to sin  will be  “resulting  in death”.     We all die a physical death,  but Paul is referring  to eternal death  in hell.     If we want  to be a slave  to Satan  in any way,  we will end up with Satan  in hell  because we willingly  let ourselves  be bound to him.

Then  there is a marvelous  and most wonderful enslavement.     Mary,  the mother of Jesus,  expressed her willing enslavement  when the angel told her  she would bear the Christ child.     She said  to the angel  in Luke 1:38,

Behold,  the bondslave  of the Lord;  be it done  to me  according to your word.

Also,  all  of Christ’s followers referred  to themselves as bondslaves of Christ.     For example Philippians 1:1  says,

Paul  and Timothy,  bond-servants  of Christ Jesus,  to all the saints  in Christ Jesus…

Even Christ Jesus Himself  became a humble slave.     Philippians 2:6-7 explains,

Although He existed  in the form  of God,  did not regard equality  with God  a thing  to be grasped,  but emptied Himself,  taking the form  of a bond-servant,  and being made  in the likeness  of men.

Jesus willingly enslaved Himself  to the will  of God the Father.     That sort  of enslavement  is one  “of obedience  resulting  in righteousness”.     And,  of course,  that sort  of  “righteousness”  leads to eternal life.

So,  we must sincerely  ask ourselves,  “To whom  am I enslaved?”     I have presented myself  as a slave  —  but to whom  —  and what will be the result?

Knowing  that we are prone  to sin and free  in Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  so create  in us clean hearts  and right spirits  that we may be Your willingly obedient servants  to serve You  in true righteousness.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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