Go back up and read that title again. Yes, you read it right! I want to reinstitute slavery. And no, this has nothing to do with race. It has nothing to do with control or any other negative connotations that the word slavery carries. No one should be exempt. White, black, male, female, American, German, or Chinese. All are called to be slaves, to give up self and to give their time, their life, and their very soul to a Lord and Master.
Whether we like it or not, we are all slaves to something. We’d like to think we’re in complete control of our life and that no one can tell us how to live or what to do, but the reality is quite different. We are slaves to our jobs so we can make money to buy the necessities to live. Some of us are slaves to money itself and allow the lack of it or the gaining of it to control our daily thoughts. Others are so controlled by their possessions that they spend countless hours and thousands of dollars annually protecting and insuring everything they’ve paid for.
We are slaves in some ways to the government when we must follow the laws of the land or are required to pay taxes. Some would like to boldly confront that authority, but they still must deal with its restrictions lest they find themselves facing punishment of some kind.
We are slaves to our sins as well, following lawlessness with our impure thoughts and actions. We present our lives to the world, to follow its ways along with our own desires and become slaves to our sin. Eventually, that sin leads us to pay the most dangerous price of all….death.
All of this is to say that there is no escape from slavery. There are too many outside influences in our daily lives to keep us completely free to do as we please. But there is another way. If we are to be slaves, we can become slaves to God and to the righteousness to which he calls us. In giving our lives over to him, we are actually set free from the slavery of this world. We are set free from sin and its penalty of death. The gift of God through Jesus Christ pays that debt and gives us sanctification and eternal life.
But God has to have your life. He has to be your Lord and Master. He offers us this gift but he requires our heart and submission in return. We cannot fight against this form of slavery. In its purest form, slavery to God is a freeing, intimate relationship that results in life, and it should be something we look forward to, not shy away from.
“16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.”
“20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
(Romans 6:16-18, 20-23)