“Jesus answered them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.'” -John 8:34-36
Happy July 4th! To all of our many international readers, this is the day in America that we celebrate the birth of our nation!
Our country is free…we aren’t slaves of other countries or people. Likewise, those who have been saved from their sin are free in Christ. How do we become free? In John 8, Jesus said that if He makes us free, we are free indeed!
In Romans 6:17, Paul says, “But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.” All have sinned (Romans 3:23). That sin is bondage…we are slaves to it. It rules over our body and is what separates us from having a relationship with God. Ephesians 2:8-9 says that there’s nothing we can do on our own to break this bondage.
Only by accepting Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for our sins can we be freed of our bondage to sin. When we accept that, He becomes the Lord of our life and, in a sense, we become “slaves” to Him. But this isn’t a slavery that’s oppressive…Jesus said to take His yoke upon us because His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Instead of being slaves to doing evil, we become slaves of righteousness (Romans 6:18). How cool!
A long time ago, people were set free from slavery by being redeemed- they were purchased by someone else at a price the slaves could never pay. Likewise, Jesus has paid the price (John 3:16) that none of us could pay on our own (Ephesians 2:8-9). All that He asks is that we submit to His will for our lives and accept what’s He’s paid on our behalf as a gift.
Would slaves pass that offer up, to have a new master whose goodness was incomparable to their old master? No! In the same way, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation (Hebrews 2:3)?
Accept His gift today. Then you will be able to sing the words penned by Fanny Crosby, “Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it, His child, and forever, I am.”
Make today your day of independence from sin!