slavery is a part of life, for everyone. ‘how?’ you ask. we are all a slave to something. we are slaves to our jobs, our schools, our debts, our friends, our families, our government, our desires and addictions, and on. someone is always going to be in control of us somehow on earth…whether we know it or not. some of this slavery we have no choice about and have to try to be patient with it. but what about slavery we do have a choice about? are we able to chose which master we are going to serve? i say yes, and i get this from Scripture. in this life we have two options to be slaves to ultimately. we can chose sin, or Christ. without Christ we are slaves to sin. there is no getting away from that no matter how hard you try or no matter how ‘good’ you try to be. you will never get away from sin and achieve merits good enough to get you anywhere except hell. this is contradictory to popular culture today that also says there are many ways to God which is also a lie…which by the way they are enslaved to as well. this end result of this slavery is much worse than anything on earth can throw at us. that result is hell, which is our punishment from our just God if Christ had not died for our sins. we don’t deserve to be able to chose which master we serve…but God loved us enough to give us that choice and send His Son to die a terrible death to wash everything away with His blood. he died so that we would be freed from sin. what happens once we accept Christ’s offer of forgiveness of sins? we chose another master. we become freed from sin and willing slaves of Christ. this is the truest kind of freedom in which we are free not to sin and to live righteously. this includes freedom from the slavery of control of our bodies. normally we become a slave to whatever our body desires, whether it is food, drugs, sex, and on. these desires make us feel good. satan wants us to believe that we cannot control these things (remember i am am not truly speaking of basic human need…but remember fasting…but sensual desires of the human heart and flesh). we can through Christ who frees us from these things. don’t let anyone fool you into thinking that you can indulge in things and get away from it. that is sin (over-indulgences). an example-snicker bars are fine to eat on occasion…but when your, say love of them, becomes evident through eating them all the time and you cannot get away from them, that is sin. how does one know that one is following Christ and is a slave to Him? through their actions. through your actions you either accept or deny Christ. you can put up a front all you want but the fruit you bear will be evident.
curious about the verses? refer to Titus…and here are a few vereses from which i was speaking…and a few good ones in general 🙂
To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.
Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 8and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him. You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.
the Word of God speaks for itself much better than i could ever do. i pray that this helps