“Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin’”
John 8:34 ESV
We are all slaves to what we crave.
Our own will, choices, and proclivities lead us towards a never-ending search for the satisfaction of ourselves. Whether it has something to do with our identity, who we have as friends, what we do for our careers, or why we simply matter as individuals, we have a deep yearning imbedded in each of us. This desire is indeed God-given but most of the time we fulfill these by human-driven means.
This is the very fabric of sin. It makes us captive to what we think can satisfy us ultimately but in the end always is lacking. We yearn for more and more each time thinking that we will reach the pinnacle of our desires but it only makes us enslaved in the process.
Jesus said so himself as he was addressing the people of his day, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.” (John 8:34) There is no other way around it: the things we do will necessarily have a lasting impact on us whether these are good or bad.
And if it is the truth that sets us free, it’s a lie that keeps us in chains. We have to realize that sin has that effect on us. Not until we can admit that we are slaves to sin can we call out for freedom. Christ said in Luke 4:18-19 that he has come to proclaim liberty to the captives, the ailing, and the oppressed. He does this by captivating our hearts to himself rather than allowing us to be captive to our own sin.
“You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.”(1 Corinthians 6:19-20) Jesus indeed paid the price for us to be bought from our sinful bondage. He paved the way for us to walk in freedom. He made us to be reborn from sinful beings to slaves of righteousness. If this is real in our lives, no longer will we be vulnerable to the whims of a worldly life nor the ever-pressing pride that seeks to corrupt us.
For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 ESV
Knowing this immovable truth, we are powerfully brought from slaves of sin to slaves of Christ.
Are you a slave of Christ or a slave to your sin? Make the decision today to live your life in the only One who can set you free, in Jesus’ Name.