By: Tim Sader
Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. (1 Peter 2:16)
Last week we learned what it means when we give our hearts to God. If we draw near Him we will keep His word fresh in us and He will equip us with everything we need to seek Him. Our song was Lord I Give You My Heart by Hillsong United. We are to live like people who are set free but not so we can do whatever evil desire is in our heart. Instead of being slaves to the world we should use our freedom to be God’s slaves. Our song today is No Longer Slaves by Jonathan and Melissa Helser. The link to this song is https://youtu.be/f8TkUMJtK5k or search for it on YouTube. He unravels us with a melody and surrounds us with a song of deliverance from our enemies. We’re no longer slaves to fear because we are children of God. He told Israel that He would walk among them and be their God and they would be His people. He brought them out of Egypt so they would no longer be slaves to them. The Lord broke the bars of their yoke so they could hold their heads high (Leviticus 26:12-13). God wants us to be free from Egypt in our lives. Egypt is different for each of us it maybe addiction, unemployment, poverty, being abused, anger, depression, anxiety, fear or grief. We are slaves to our minds, money, jobs, bosses, bills, family members, activities, traditions, culture, society and government. Whatever yoke of bondage we are under the Lord can break it so we can walk in freedom. Not so we may be evil and sin against Him but so we will choose to the Lord. He is humble and gentle; His yoke is not a heavy yoke, it is easy and it is light (Matthew 11:29-30). In Him we can find rest for our weary souls. We’re No Longer Slaves to anything that makes us weary, stressed or afraid. We are children of God, He is with us and we are His people. He set us free so we are free indeed.
Though we have never been forced slaves to another man we have willingly been slaves to something. Anyone who sins is a slave to sin. Slaves have no place in a family but a son belongs to it so if He sets us free we are free (John 8:33-36). Who we used to be until we accepted Christ died with Him when He was crucified so that we are No Longer Slaves to sin. Anyone who has died has been set free from sin (Romans 6:6-7). Since we were slaves before we must remember those who are still slaves to sin and circumstance. We must show justice and be kind to the poor, foreigners, the fatherless and widows. We need to help them out in whatever way we can to see their needs are taken care of. Since we were also slaves to sin and circumstance is why we have been commanded to help those in need (Deuteronomy 24:17-22). We must understand that whatever we offer ourselves to we become obedient slaves to it. Sin and death can be the master we obey or we can be considered righteous by obeying the Lord. We used to be slaves to sin but because we obey the patterns and teaching of God we have claimed our allegiance to Him. In the same way we were slaves to impurity and increasing wickedness let us devote ourselves as slaves of righteousness leading to holiness. Slaves to sin cannot benefit from righteousness. There was no benefit in serving sin because it results in death but now we are devoted to God so our benefit is holiness and eternal life (Romans 6:16-22). The Spirit we received has not made us slaves to fear again; it has made us adopted sons and daughters of our Father in heaven (Romans 8:15). We can live as free people because we are No Longer Slaves to fear, sin or circumstance; rather, we are children of God trying to make our Daddy happy by choosing to obey Him.
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16