Today: Be a slave to nobody!
Passage: 1 Cor 6, 7
19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. (1 Cor 6, NIV 84) –emphasis added
The God of the Bible is not one who would makes anyone His slave. Adam and Eve were given the full freedom. They had the freedom of choice. It was Adam who named the animals. When God brought Eve to him, Adam liked her!.
I don’t think God ever “forced” any girl or boy to anybody saying “marry him/her”. God gave that freedom of choice to man/woman. Yet, when things go wrong (in marriage), God gets the blame!
Even though most people do not like to give God the rights/authority on their body, most want God to protect them completely; not just the spirit and the soul!
When Jesus died on the cross, it was not just His spirit, but His entire being. That is why He has the rights on our entire being. There is danger in partial submission!
Many churches these days abstain from preaching holiness, judgment and the sacrifice of Jesus. Such churches will not change the topic even after Jesus comes and goes.
Our modern (modified) theory and theology may not help us to get to God!
23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men. 24 Brothers, each man, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to. (1 Cor 7, NIV 84)-emphasis added
God has no slaves, only sons/children. In the olden time slave market, they used to buy slaves. But Jesus paid for our redemption with His life and set us free, instead of making us His slaves. But there could be people who make others slaves!
Some people, even in the spiritual realm tries to treat people like slaves, making decisions for them. Satan treats people like slaves, but not God!
So, do not be a slave to anybody or anything!
We need to respect people and things we need to. Respect superiors; respect work; respect Pastors; respect church/worship; but don’t worship anyone/anything except God! And don’t forget: God has the right upon our body
If you are going through any physical illness, say “God, my body belongs to you, as my soul and spirit also”
May God bless your day!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for paying my price in front of the Judge of all lives and delivering me from the devil. You gave me all the rights and privileges in your kingdom. Help me to use it, and not to be a slave to anyone/anything. Amen
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36, NIV)