We all serve someone. We live, move, and breathe in service to something or someone one. We may live for Sports, home décor, education, good health, financial gain, fame, or a host of other things, but we all live for something. We are all enslaved to something according to the Scriptures. Paul writes in Romans 6:16
Do you not know that if your 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?
In the game of life there are no fair-weather fans or bandwagon groupies. We do not casually determine who we will serve according to team color or according to the team’s mascot’s ability to conquer another mascot. We are all either willfully serving sin which leads to death or obedience which leads to righteousness. We either live and move according to the world and our flesh or we live and move according to God of the universe.
We all initially begin the game of life on Adam’s team, the team of sin. But we do not have to stay with him; we do not have to remain on the team destined for loss, disappointment, and death. We can embrace Christ and experience righteousness, victory, and unbroken fellowship with God!
Embrace Christ become his slave!
Admittedly the sentiment of slavery does not resonate with American culture. We are often pridefully independent of all, boldly declaring our opinions, our wants, and our desires to be supreme. The yellow flag that bears the words “Don’t Tread on Me” has become the religious slogan of many Americans. Consequently, slavery to Christ is seen to be the refuge of little, old ladies and weak men who lack the strength to escape their mom’s basement.
But slavery to Christ is not boredom, weakness, or the self-willed surrender of all that is good in life. Slavery to Christ is the very essence of life itself. It is the entrance into joy, meaning, and significance. John Piper writes, “We are most satisfied when God is most glorified.” When we stop serving our selfish desires, when we submit to Christ, and we glorify God through loving obedience, we find the true life!
Slavery Gives us Righteousness
In 2 Peter 2:1-4 the Apostle Peter offers three compelling reasons for embracing Christ as our Lord. First, we gain access to the righteousness of God. Those who repent of their sins and change masters find the righteousness they desperately need. We all come into the world as sinners. When Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden by eating the forbidden fruit, he did not doom the whole human race. Romans 5:19 states, “For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners.” Some my object and say no, “Adam did not represent me. I am not evil. I am not a spiritual son or daughter of Adam. I can choose a different path. I can be on God’s team.” Yet, your body decays and feels aches and pains signaling your frailty. You will die precisely because you are infected by sin. We all are. Romans 3:10-12 states,
As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.
None of us is righteous. The great attempt of Adam and Eve to improve upon the God the universe did not lead to greater holiness, power, and glory but to evil, brokenness, and death. Even the human psyche cannot imagine a world where the created can improve upon the creator. The only scenario that resonates with our experience is the created destroying the glory of their creator. Sin leads away to evil. And evil separates us from God, the source of life, joy, and truth.
Slavery to Christ through faith in Christ’s death and resurrection gives us the righteousness we long for. When we trust in Christ, we get his righteousness. And we know Christ can make and guarantee this trade because he has risen from the dead. Nothing can conquer him. He offers all who obtain faith in him righteousness. And those who get Christ righteousness can once again walk with God like Adam and Eve did. They can experience the joy of knowing and communing with God.
Come and embrace the slavery of Christ and enjoy the gift of Christ righteousness.
And thankfully there is only one faith. There is only one way to God through Christ. Peter says in verse 1, that all Christians “have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours.” There is not some higher faith than faith in Christ. The apostle Peter, one of the most important men in Christ’s ministry and in the founding of the church, received righteousness just like we do via faith in Christ Jesus. There is no other mystery or program. There is not one salvation for the old and another for the young. There is not one salvation for the introvert and another for the extrovert. There is not one salvation for the scholar and another for the highschool dropout. There is one salvation for all. As Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones said,
Regardless of the individuality or temperament, all can know this same experience, it does not vary from individual to individual, nor does it vary from century to century.” .
Embrace Christ as your master and Lord!
Slavery Get Us Grace and Peace
We need righteousness and we long for grace and peace. We long to feel the blessing of God. We long to know that God is on our side, giving us good gifts such as health, safety, and family. We long to experience peace. We long to lay our head down at night without feeling guilt, shame, or sorrow. We want relief from the fear that are lies may be found out. We are tired of fearing death which promises to usher us into judgement. We are tired of trying to compensate for our sin with our good deeds. We want our conscience to stand down and to gift us peace.
We can experience the grace and the peace that we long for through Christ. We can rest confidently in Him, knowing that he has paid for all of our sins past, present, and future. We can get off the treadmill of human opinions, knowing that we have been justified by God. We can find true grace and peace in the arms of our savior.
Faith and slavery to Christ is not something for old ladies and weak men. It is the very essence of joyous life and peace with God. It is also the ability to obey God and to live lives characterized by peace.
And such true peace is only found in the, “knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” To find such peace, we must dive into the Word of God. We must read it and then we must do it. We must obey Christ. We must be his slave. He alone offers peace. The counselor’s chair, the latest video game, and the bottle of drugs on your shelf cannot give you lasting peace. They cannot pay for your sins and deliver you from evil. Christ as revealed through the Word can do all this and much more!
Embrace Christ as your master and Lord!
Slavery Gives Us Everything
Embrace Christ because he has “granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness.” If you want to have a healthy marriage, wonderful friendships, and outstanding relationships embrace Christ. If you want to gain victory of your lying, your anger, your covetousness, your pride, and your biting tongue embrace Christ. If you want to fix your troubled marriage, your poor parenting techniques, and your fractured relationships, embrace Christ. God has given us everything we need to live good, healthy, and godly lives. He has revealed his Word how we should think, talk, and act. He has provided us with the knowledge and the power to escape all evils. If you want to see the how this plays out practically, I encourage you to read Counseling the Hard Cases. The book affirms Peter’s claim that God is enough. We will not find all that we need for life and godliness in the counselor’s chair, on Facebook, or at the gym. No, the ability to live godly lives come through the promises of God.
Embrace Christ as your Lord!
Are you ready to be a slave of Christ?