Friday, August 12, 2011
Sold Into Slavery
The Bible tells us that we were born into slavery to satan. Jesus redeemed us. At a price born by Himself, Jesus freed us from the power of sin, only to take ownership of us Himself. In fact, it was God who gave us to Jesus as a gift. And what a wonderful thing that was. That type of redemption has provided for us life eternal in the presence of purity and perfection. Adopted into the family of Creator God, we have been given everything that the soul could ever want.
How should a person react to a gift like that?
Love doesn’t half describe it, yet Jesus says, “The one who loves Me is the one who obeys Me.”
. A servant who is loved and who loves h/her owner in return, when tempted to betray that owner must surely say, “I can’t do that to my Master. He saved my soul.”
. If the chance to gain wealth by dishonesty, one redeemed by Jesus must turn away.
. When tempted by sorrow or trials, Jesus’ brother or sister need not fear but instead we take hold of His hand a wade into the thick of it.
. When those around us let others do God’s work, we who know what it’s like to be lost must with joy pick up the slack. “Jesus gave His all for me. How can I do any less for Him?”
. When lusts of any kind turn my head, as a servant I will set my face like a flint and with my eyes on the prize I will finish the race, I will fight the good fight, I will remain faithful.