If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. -John 8:32-33
Have you ever paused to think about what this passage means? I have always assumed that the truth has set us free in that when we become the children of God we are no longer slaves to sin and death. And to be sure this is definitely the case. After all, Jesus immediately goes on to say:
Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (-John 8:34-36)
But is it just our own personal salvation that secured, our freedom from slavery to our own sinful desires? Or is there a wider application to this? Are we still enslaved to the ways the sinful actions of others affect us? What if the truth can also set us free from the oppressive systems that we labor under, an unjust government (as Jesus’ hearers initially took him to mean), hurtful or harmful parents, teachers, employers, or spouses?
Are we still enslaved to the ways the sinful actions of others affect us?
How is that even possible? After all, even the bible says that sometimes there will be circumstances we may not be able to escape from physically:
Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called. Were you a bondservant when called? Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.) For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ. -1 Corinthians 7:20-22
The truth sets us free to willingly serve those who would dominate us
Ah but there it is, the secret to freedom hidden right in the admonition to remain in bondage if necessary, did you catch it? - “For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord.” In the Lord, we know that truth, that no man can ever rightly call us slave, that no man can rightly own or control or rule us. We belong to Christ alone and serve him alone, and the truth of this sets us free to willingly serve those who would dominate us! They cannot take what we choose to give as service, not to them but to Christ. That is the ultimate freedom in the most important sense, the freedom to serve all out of love and not fear of power. And by doing this, we demolish the very thing that Satan and the worldly powers want...to rule by power apart from goodness and love. That's is the diabolical sinful power that drives them and when we serve and love nonetheless, but cannot be compelled by power but only by love, we disarm them at the very essence of who they are.
But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” - Matthew 20:26
Daily Nourish serves to encourage Christians to honor God with all their heart, mind, soul & strength and to love their neighbor as themselves. Thanks for stopping by! Davina
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