Originally posted July 28, 2015
Joshua 24:15 — And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Webster defines a slave as; someone who is legally owned by another person and is forced to work for that person without pay.
Who/what are you a slave to? We are all a slave to something or someone.
As a child, I was a slave to sports and music. I tried to get good grades so I would be allowed to play on school teams. I worked a part-time job so I could afford to buy musical equipment. I then turned my attention towards money. Trying to make more and more so I could get a nicer car and electronic devices.
Matthew 6:24 — “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
1 Timothy 6-10 — For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
As I got older, my master changed. Like many men in their late teens and early 20s, I also became a slave to my lust. My desire for women led me to minimize them to objects rather than beautiful creations of God.
Matthew 5:28 — But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Coming to the Lord has freed me from the bondage that I once knew.
John 4:34 — Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.
Do I sometimes catch myself slipping back to my old ways? Sadly, the answer is yes. When this happens I struggle with feeling that I have failed. But Jesus died for my sins, not just the ones from my past, but also for the future sins I will undoubtedly commit. Jesus is the only Master who will ever satisfy His servant, all those things from my past left me wanting more.
Matthew 20:28 — Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
If you have not already done so, PLEASE give your life to the Lord, Jesus Christ. He gave His life for you, and He will never disappoint you or leave you wanting more.