SLAVES

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“And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.”
2 Corinthians 5:15 KJV

The word “slave” is one many people are not comfortable with because it depicts an entire domination by a superior person. For instance, modern day slavery.

However, as a Christian, you are a slave of Christ. And you must be comfortable with being called so because that’s who you are.

It sounds strange but you need to know that slavery in the bible is totally different from modern day slavery and the world’s perspective on slavery.

Modern day slavery involves force, cruelty, rape, kidnapping, racial discrimination, maltreatment, etc; all of which the Bible clearly speaks against (Exodus 21:6, Leviticus 19:33-34, Deuteronomy 22:25).

This begs a question of what slavery in the bible looks like and how people became slaves.

Two major ways through which people became slaves in the bible are; Stealing and poverty.

As regards stealing; in Exodus 22:1-3, it is clearly written that if a man steals, he must pay back what he stole but if he cannot do so, then he must work for it.

Concerning poverty on the other hand, poor people sold themselves to someone who could cater for them. They worked for this person, while he takes care of them and provided their needs.

Can you see that slavery in the bible was a system of value exchange? And not a system of oppression like modern day slavery.

Now, how does this affect you? Why should you be comfortable with being called a slave of Christ?

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16 KJV

Dear friend, Jesus died for you. He made a beautiful exchange for your life with an ugly death on the cross. The life which you have in you now is His, not yours.

You are the one who was helpless because of the nature of sin that was in you but He who knew no sin bore your punishment. (Ephesians 2:1-6).

He bought you with a price!

Imagine after spending plenty money to buy your iPhone, you put it on for the first time and it read “this device can only make phone calls”. How disappointed will you be? Very much, I bet.

Now think about Jesus who actually paid for your freedom from death with His blood. That’s huge! If you appreciate His sacrifice, you cannot decide to be partially consecrated to Him. You would give your all!

WordWeb dictionary defined a slave as a person who is owned by someone. That’s you! You are owned by Christ. He is your Lord. You are sold out to Him and to His purpose.

SAY THIS: Christ bought me with His blood. He owns me and I am unashamedly His slave!

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