Many people don’t like the idea of being a slave or a servant, even if God is their master. They may not say it, but they have their own agenda. God is okay if He stays in His own space — preferably Sunday mornings. They will serve Him one day a week, but the rest of the time they’re on our own. Face it, we all behave this way sometimes. However, the bible tells us that God demands our full surrender:
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” Matt. 6:24a
My husband and I recently watched a film called The Irishman. It is the true story of Frank Sheeran, who became a hit man for the mob. He became so inured to this life, that by the end, he killed a man who had been his good friend (Jimmy Hoffa). When he was old and in a nursing home, he confessed to a priest, who asked him how he felt about the crimes he had committed. “I don’t feel anything,” he said. His heart had become hard. He was a slave, not to God, but to sin. It doesn’t have to be that way.
“We know that our old self was crucified with him (Jesus) in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin” Romans 6:6
When we surrender our lives to God, we free ourselves from a slavery that leads only to death.
“But now that you have been set free from sin and become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans :22-23
So chose which course you want to take — the one that leads to death, or the one that promises life? Whose slave do you want to be?