“My master? I am not a slave!” you say. Yes, you are most likely not a slave or a servant. You can spend your money any way you want. You can schedule your time according to what suits you. You can pick your favorite restaurant. You can choose whom to go out on a date with.
On the surface, we seem to be in charge of our lives. We are free. But are we, really?
The human race has acquired knowledge and made achievements that people of the past could not even imagine. But despite the rapid growth in science, technology, and commerce, the problems in this world have only multiplied and become more serious. Wars, crimes, and terrorism are ever more prevalent. Bigotry, jealousy, dishonesty, and greed are everywhere, even in our own families. More and more people are plagued by loneliness, depression, broken families, and suicidal tendencies.
Our knowledge and achievements have given us unprecedented control over many things. But we are not able to control ourselves. We seem to enjoy so much more freedom than before. But we are bound by our weaknesses, fear, and helplessness.
The fact is, we are often powerless to do what we know we should do. How many of us have carried out our New Year's resolutions? Do you lose your temper even though you've told yourself many times that you have to control your anger? Why can't somany people kick their addictions even though no one forces them to do them?
Slaves of Sin
We may think that we are our own masters, but that is exactly where the problem lies. We choose to be our own masters and reject God, our creator, as our master. We don’t want God to tell us how to run our lives. We want to do whatever we want. But did you know that the Bible calls this sin?
When we sin against God, we actually fall into a trap. This is the trap God’s enemy, the devil, has placed before us. The devil fools us into thinking that we can be our own masters by disobeying God. But in reality, when we say no to God, we are letting the devil take control of us through our evil desires.
As the Bible says, “the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.” We are living under the influence of sin. That is why we are often unable to do what is right. Even with the best intentions and our own resolve, we cannot overcome even the smallest wrongful desires. Consequently, we often get deeper and deeper into the very problems we want to get out of.
The Price of Sin
As slaves of sin, we can never experience true peace, joy, love, and fulfillment. We may enjoy some short-lived pleasure, but the result is bitterness and sorrow. What is even more dreadful is that sin separates us from God and His eternal life. If we choose to live under the power of the devil, we are destined for the fires of hell.
So, what is the solution? How can we be free from the slavery of sin and the devil’s power?
We cannot possibly redeem ourselves. For every good deed we do, we fail in some other way. Even if we manage to improve ourselves, we cannot make up for the sins we have committed.
God knows that we cannot break ourselves free from the slavery of sin. So He became a human being, having flesh and blood like us, to set us free.
Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil. (Heb 2:14)
Jesus, the sinless Son of God, suffered and died for the sins of the world. He was raised to life, overcoming the power of sin and death. By His death and resurrection, He paid the ransom and opened a way for us to be free from the control of the evil one. Jesus is our only way to be released from our sins and eternal death. Only through Him can we return to God and receive His life.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (Jn 3:16-17)
A New Master
When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are no longer under sin and its deadly consequence. By acknowledging Him as our new Master, we entrust our whole being to His loving care. Following the commands of the Lord Jesus is not a burden, because His commands are all for our good. He also lives in our hearts through His Spirit, to empower us and to give us lasting peace and joy.
For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom 6:20-23)
Which would you choose? The temporary pleasures of sin followed by eternal condemnation, or a life of submission to the Lord Jesus leading to eternal life?
Jesus loves you. He has paid the greatest price of love for you. He wants to share with you all His riches. Let Him be the Lord of your life. You will be able to freely enjoy His love both now and forevermore.