Monthly Archives: June 2010

SET FREE TO BE A SLAVE

In John 8:31-32 Jesus said”…If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free”.  And He went on to say in verse 36: “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed”.  
 
However, epistle writers Paul, James, Peter, and Jude, call themselves “bond-servants” of Jesus. The term “bond-servant” (doulos in the Greek) literally means a slave. How can we have complete freedom in Jesus while at the same time be His slave? The remarkable truth is that we have been set free in order to become His slave. When we surrender to Jesus and become His bond-servant (ie: slave), we are set free from the tyranny of the old self that is opposed to God’s ways.

There is no greater freedom a human being can ever experience than the freedom that comes with being a slave to Jesus. The old “self” (our sin nature) is a cruel master that enslaves us to the things that make our lives miserable and alienate us from God. When we trust in Jesus as Savior we are “born again”, we become new creations in Christ and have the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Our new nature desires the things that God desires for us and leads to a life of holiness that brings glory to God. However, this power we now have becomes operative only as we surrender to Jesus and become His slave (the old nature is not destroyed, it still exists and is in constant battle with our new nature).

Paul knew the glorious freedom of being a slave to Jesus, and this reality is available to every believer. The key, however, is found in surrender and brokenness. As we surrender ourselves to Him, giving up all rights to ourselves to His Lordship, and as we come to Him in brokenness acknowledging that without Him we are helpless, we will know the liberating truth of what His freedom brings – joy, peace, perseverance, holiness, and victory. Not perfection, but a journey of true discipleship and intimacy with Him.

The Old Testament sheds a beautiful light on this. In Deuteronomy 15:12-17, God laid down the command that if a Hebrew owned a fellow Hebrew as a slave, the one held as a slave could only serve for six years. The master was commanded to set him free in the seventh year. However, if the slave loved the master so much that he wanted to serve him for life and thus voluntarily refused to be set free, the master would take the slave and pierce his ear with an awl. This would be a sign to the world that the slave loved the master so much that he chose to be his slave all the days of his life.

What a beautiful picture of what being a slave to Jesus means! He, our Master, is everything to us and loves us with a perfect, everlasting love. We, in turn love Him so much that we dare not want anyone or anything else to be our master but Him. So we, out of act of our will, surrender in our brokenness and choose to be His slave forever.

Are you a slave of Jesus? Have you come to the point in your life where you have become spiritually broken and realize that you can’t live without His presence and, in the process of surrendering to Him, have given Him all rights to yourself by becoming His slave? There is no greater freedom on this planet than this.