“For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord’s freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ’s slave.” 1 Corinthians 7:22
Slavery has now been outlawed for over 150 years in the USA, and is banned in most other countries. During the time of Paul, slavery was still a common practice. He never condemns or condones the practice, but just accepts it for what it is. In this passage he talks about being a slave or being free.
Although physical slavery is banned in the USA, there is a different kind of slavery going on. People are a slave to their jobs, or to their dreams, or to someone else’s desires. Overall they are slaves to sin. These are not demanded, forced types of slavery, but a voluntary type.
Paul says that if you were a slave and become a follower of Jesus, you are now a freed person in Jesus. Jesus will break the bondages that made you a slave. You now have the freedom to live for God and please Him. You no longer have to live in bondage to sin.
Most people, in the USA, will state that they are not a slave to anyone or anything. This is where the second part of the verse comes in. If you are free and come to Jesus, you are now His slave. You are bound to do what He wants, when He wants it, and how He wants it.
The difference between the world’s slavery and God’s is that the world’s is forced and it not for your personal long-term benefit in any way. God is for you and wants the best for you. He wants you to enjoy life abundantly on this earth and for all eternity in heaven. He will lay down some strict rules to help you live that life.
Allow yourself to be a slave to Jesus. Follow Him and obey Him as a slave would have to obey their owners. Do not look at it as a heavy burden, but as a life of joy and service to a great king.
Who, or what, are you a slave to today?
I pray today that you will know the love God has for you; that you will make yourself a slave to Jesus; that you will obey God in everything He wants; and that you will know the freedom you have to live for Jesus.