In Romans chapter 1, verse 1, Paul starts out basically by saying “Hey this letter is from Paul, a Slave of Christ Jesus”. There are a lot of negative feelings and emotions when people hear the word “slave”. Why is that? Well, for obvious reasons, we know why that word carries a lot of weight. But, what did Paul mean when he says that he is a slave of Christ? Hopefully in the next few paragraphs I can help answer that question.
What does being a slave of Christ really mean to me? Well, I was bought with a price! Right? Jesus bought me with his blood! I am now the hands and feet of Christ, He is now my “Master”. As I ponder on these things, I realize that I have always been a slave, but not to Christ! “Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin’”(John 8:34). Does that mean that every time I sin that I am listening to the wrong master? Yes, it does! When sin is our master, we are unable to resist it. But through the power of Christ, our new master, He gives us the power to overcome sin. “Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living” (Romans 6:18).
Resist the devil and he will flee from you!
1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “You have never been tempted to sin in any different way than other people. God is faithful. He will not allow you to be tempted more than you can take. But when you are tempted, He will make a way for you to keep from falling into sin”.
What God showed me is that when temptation comes, or a situation arises that can cause us to sin, that we need to take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5). We also should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry (James 1:19). We literally need to say to the devil, NO! I am not going to bow to this. I am not going to fall into this! Jesus is my Savior, my Master, my Lord, my King! I am not going to let you make me sin!
We have a choice: listen to the outside influences of the world and the devil, Or Listen to what the bible teaches us and what the Holy Spirit is telling us. When we were sinners, we used to listen to the world’s influences. But now that we are saved, we are renewing our mind everyday with the word of God and applying Godly principles to our life. Roman 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
As Christians we are not to continue in habitual sin, because we are dead to sin. Romans 6:6-7 says, “For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.”
We are slaves to the one we obey. Are we obeying God, or are we obeying our flesh