Date: Wednesday, July 2
Scripture: John 8:31-38
Verse: Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you really will be free. (John 8:36)
What enslaves you? I know we are free people, as we are preparing to celebrate in just a couple of days. It is people in other countries and at other times in history who have been held as slaves. We know of other lands where a dictator or an extremist group rules with an iron fist, effectively enslaving an entire nation. We can join our voices with the religious leaders gathered around Jesus that day, “we’ve never been anyone’s slaves.”
But Jesus says, “everyone who sins,” which is all of us, “is a slave to sin.” While you have never been the slave of another person, my guess is that you have been enslaved by something. For some, the answer is obvious. When we try to overcome addictions like alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, coffee, or food — their ability to hold us as slaves becomes quite clear. For others, it may be less obvious. For example, your master may be your money, or your job, or your free time, or your appearance. Subtly, those things can take over too. Even when we are free, we are not completely free.
In today’s scripture, Jesus tells us the truth that is found in him will set us free. When we give ourselves completely to him, those other things fall by the wayside. We may think we are free because we live in a free country, but we won’t be really free until Jesus sets us free.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, for free me from the bondage to sin. Amen.
Action: I have heard it said, if you want to see what enslaves you take a look at your checkbook registry or day planner. Where you spend your time and money may say something about what serves as your master.
Respond: This may be a little personal, but have you ever felt enslaved by something? If you were able to overcome it, how did you do it?
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