be freed for slavery
"Never have we been slaves to anyone. What do You mean by saying, 'You will be free'?" —John 8:33
Jesus said: "I give you My assurance, everyone who lives in sin is the slave of sin" (Jn 8:34). Everyone who sins is a slave. Even everyone in debt is a slave, for "the borrower is the slave of the lender" (Prv 22:7). Therefore, the world is full of slaves.
However, slaves can be freed from slavery to sin and the world by offering themselves to Christ to become slaves of justice (Rm 6:18). "That is why, if the Son frees you, you will really be free" (Jn 8:36).
It is impossible for human beings to be freed from slavery, but we can be freed from the slavery of impurity, licentiousness, and degradation (Rm 6:19), and for the slavery of justice and sanctification, which leads to eternal life (Rm 6:19, 22).
Whose slave will you be? Slavery is degrading, dehumanizing, and self-destructive. Nevertheless, there is one exception to this. Slavery to Jesus is upbuilding, divinizing (see 2 Pt 1:4), and glorifying. Be freed for slavery. "Be slaves of Christ the Lord" (Col 3:24).
Prayer: Father, may I believe in You, abide in Your Word, be a disciple of Jesus, know the truth, and then be free (Jn 8:31-32) to be Your slave.
Promise: "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, Who sent His angel to deliver the servants that trusted in Him; they disobeyed the royal command and yielded their bodies rather than serve or worship any god except their own God." Dn 3:95
Praise: Thomas joined an order to become a missionary priest. He longed to bring the good news of Jesus to those far off.
Reference: (For a related teaching on Job Performance for Jesus, order, listen to, or download our CD 43-3 or DVD 43 on our website or order our tape on audio AV 43-3 or video V-43.)
Rescript: †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, May 10, 2017
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