1 Corinthians 7:23 You Were Bought For A Price

You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings. 1 Corinthians 7:23

No one really likes to be a slave. People all over the world like to have freedom to be able to do what they want. Slavery binds a person to another person and is not allowed to choose what they can or cannot do at any given time.

While slavery has been virtually abolished in some countries, it does still thrive in others, and in every nation around the world, there is a different type of slavery occurring.

Paul, talking to the believers in the Corinthian church, tells them that they were bought at a price and that they should never be a slave to other humans.

Even though America has abolished slavery, millions of people are allowing themselves to be enslaved to other people. This can be seen most commonly through financial debt to another person or organization.

However, it can also be seen in bound in slavery to friends, giving into the pressure to live a certain way that goes against God. People are enslaved to work so that they can purchase things that they don’t need, in order to live up to the Jones’ expectations.

Slavery to the world and the things of the world will only result in disappoint and death in the end.

God, in His perfect love, sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross, so that He could purchase every one who would believe in Him. His death was the price paid to give life. The one who believes in Jesus, is now a slave to God, owned by God.

Living as a slave to God will result in eternal life with Him in heaven. While living as a slave to God on this earth, one will experience a true life of peace, joy, and contentment that the world cannot offer.

If you have chosen to believe in Jesus, you are now a slave to God. Your life is to be laid out before God to control in every area. God, being a God of perfect holiness and love, will only do what is best for you.

He is not a harsh and selfish master that is out to destroy you, but one that is loving and wants to build you up.

Allow your life to be dictated and led by God. Be a slave to God, not to man or the things of this world. You were bought for a price and belong to God now.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to be your Master; that God will break the chains of slavery in your life to the world; and that you will know the true freedom you have in Jesus.

Romans 7:25 You Are A Slave

Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. Romans 7:25

No one likes to be considered a slave. Everyone loves his freedom, freedom to be himself, think his own way and do his own things.

Yet, most people are bound to others in some form of slavery. The worker binds himself to the employer. The citizen binds himself to his government and all governmental authorities. Each one has to obey someone else or suffer consequences.

Paul realizes that he is delivered from the law of sin by Jesus Christ, but also recognizes that he is a slave to God’s law and to the law of sin.

Once a person becomes a believer, he suddenly comes into a major conflict in his life. He knows that he wants to obey God’s laws and live according to God’s ways, but at the same time he continues to follow sinful ways and habits.

Too many believers throw out God’s law, seeing it as legalism and holding onto grace alone. Living like this, they allow themselves to continue to be a slave to sin and continue to live in sinful ways, believing God will have grace upon them.

Living in this way, does not show one is striving to live for God. He is not allowing Jesus to deliver him from the slavery of sin, but remains in bondage.

Jesus has provided a way to turn away from sin. He removed the chains of sin upon the lives of a believer, setting him free. The sinful nature will still desire to turn back to sin, but the heart and mind will strive to live for God out of gratefulness of what Jesus has done. You may find yourself struggling with some sin.

Turn your focus upon Jesus and what He has done for you. Allow yourself to be a slave to God’s ways of living, rather than to the sinful ways of this world.

Do not try to live for God on your own, but be filled with His Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen you. By His Holy Spirit you can be changed from the inside out, becoming a slave to His righteousness and not to sin.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a slave to God’s laws; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; that God will break the bondage of sinful habits in your life; and that you will live a holy life unto God.

Jeremiah 21:8 Two Paths Of Choice

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Furthermore, tell the people, ‘This is what the Lord says: See, I am setting before you the way of life and the way of death.’ Jeremiah 21:8

When traveling people often will have choices to make along the route. As one travels he may come upon a road that is closed due to road construction. To continue down that road, will lead to destruction by running off the road or getting stuck.

If he chooses the detour route, it will mean he can continue on safely. A choice has to be made.

God was getting read to destroy Israel as a nation and send the people into exile in Babylon. If they stayed in the city, they would die. If they went to Babylon in captivity, they would live. A choice had to be made between life and death.

There is still a choice for people to make to this day. Jesus died upon the cross and rose again to give every person a choice to make. The choice is still between life and death, captivity or personal freedom.

Making the choice of personal freedom, allows one to do what he wants and when he wants, but at the cost of death in the end. This is what sin is. It is doing everything to please self, and reject God.

Choosing to follow Jesus is to choose life, but in exile and captivity. One is bound to God to obey God. He is in exile away from this world and its sinful ways.

In the eyes of the world, this is suicide and ridiculous. And it is. Believers are to die to self so that they may live for Christ. It is the real path to real life that will last for all eternity, not just temporary happiness and enjoyment, ending in death.

Just as the Israelites had to make a choice between life and death, you must also make the same choice. This is not a one time choice, but a daily, even hourly or by the minute choice to make. You have to choose to die to self and to live for Christ on a regular basis.

Make the choice to follow and obey Christ. In the eyes of the world this is crazy, but in the end it is eternal life and worth the cost of being  enslaved to God.

Choose today the path of life in Christ Jesus, and reject the path of death this world is on.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will guide you in turning away from all sin; that you will be a slave to God and His ways; and that you will know the abundant life Jesus has for you.