…by Rebekah Jackson
We don’t know slavery. Not personally. We’ve read about it in our history books. We hear about it today in other countries, and even sometimes in the secret lives of some Americans. But we don’t know slavery. We don’t know what it is like to have a master. We don’t know what it’s like to work all day for someone else and never receive anything in return. We don’t know what it’s like to be treated as a piece of property, as something that hold value only as long as it is useful to its owner.
But in John 8, Jesus says, “everyone who sins is a slave of sin.” (vs. 34) So, maybe I do know slavery. Maybe I do know what its like to be controlled by my desires. Maybe I do know what it’s like to work so hard at keeping my actions secret, teased with the promise of fulfillment and happiness, only to be left feeling utterly alone and ashamed.
The good news for us slaves is that Jesus also says, “if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.” (vs. 36) I no longer have to be controlled by my desires, keep my life secret, or live feeling alone and unfulfilled.
Today, I am thanking God for the freedom I have because of His Son Jesus. I’m clinging to the truth that what He says is so. I am free.