Service. Freedom.

A servant serves its master. Back when there was slavery here in the United States, there were slave markets where human beings were bought, sold, and traded most often for the lowest price possible. Once bought, a slave belonged to the one who bought him. They were told what do, where to go, how to do it, how much to do, how fast to do it. They worked solely for the benefit of the one who owned them. In slavery: 1) slaves belonged to and worked for a master; (2) they had to obey to their master because they were already purchased; (3) a master was responsible for the life of his or her slaves.

We are to be servants of Christ. We have been bought with an infinite price that money cannot pay. The price: life. Who can measure the value of a life? Yet, Christ paid the price…with His life. He paid that price so that I could spend eternity with him. And since He has paid the price for my life…I now belong to Him. All too often we despise the cost, we say that we belong to no one, we live our lives solely for ourselves…

 

Ye are bought with a price, be not ye the servants of men.

Be not the servant of men. That includes myself…for I am human. So, if we are not to serve man…either others or ourselves…where does that leave us? Well…we have a choice…we can either choose to serve God or to serve Satan. God offers eternal life…Satan offers death. It doesn’t seem like a hard choice…who wouldn’t choose life over death? In serving God we also serve our fellow men for to serve God is to obey God and to treat others the way He would treat them…it is to have His love flowing through us…it is for God’s desire to work through us to will and to do of His good pleasure. Christ’s death frees us from the power of sin, and thus we are not free to sin. We are no longer slaves to sin, But we are now slaves to righteousness.  We are now not free but to obey God and his all eternal truth.

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey: whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

Christ paid the price of our redemption…

He sets us free from bondage to sin…

We can never repay Him…but we can obey Him.

We can serve Him joyfully in freedom…

For serving Christ is the truest freedom.

1 Corinthians 7:23

Romans 6:16, 20, 22

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