Weekly Spiritual Digest: Freedom of Submission–To Obey Right or Wrong


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“Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.”

(Romans 6:16-18 NLT)

In a world that is free, we cold heartedly believe that we are free men and women under God’s eye; when really we are not. For we are slaves to the vices that the world has given unto us, since the day of our birth, and has brought ruin to us all: greed, lust, envy, vanity, human cruelty, and hate.

The word “slave” has always been an uneasy word for me; to read and comprehend, due to its contextual reference in historical times. I am blessed to say that our minds are no longer “slaves” to the terrible idea of human slavery, but I am not entirely blessed that we have yet broke free from the vices that have brought trouble to our world in the first place. It is why Apostle Paul, has once again, used his brilliant logical reasoning to explain why “a slave to sin” leads to death.

Nobody likes the idea of being a “slave” because of what it signifies: submission. Furthermore to be a property of something or someone is perverse in this day and age. However, what I have learned–through the teachings of God and Apostle Paul–is that it is better to be a slave to righteousness than to be slave to sin or evil, which most people submit to everyday– A slave to Greed; A slave to Lust; or A slave to Hate & Cruelty. [*Some people have actually categorized Work as a sin because, to them, it does not bring them joy or happiness.]   

Let it be no lie that we are free men and women on this Earth! But we must not forget who we serve and break free from the power of vices–the power of sin–that exists in the world and in our own minds and hearts. Let us not be slaves to sin.

If we can do this, then just maybe we can make the world a better place.

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