All of us have times when we’d like to be completely free to do whatever we want. We long to break out of our restricting circumstances with what some psychologists call a B-O-O-M – the process of Becoming One’s Own Man. To some extent, BOOM is necessary if we are ever going to mature to the point of taking responsibility for our decisions and actions. But in another sense, total freedom or complete independence is never an option for us. The bible declares that we are servants by nature, even though we might not realize it.
An article I read about a slave-making ant illustrates man’s predicament. Hundreds of these ants of the Amazon periodically swarm out of their nest to capture neighboring colonies of weaker ants. After destroying resisting defenders, they carry off cocoons containing the larvae of worker ants. When these “captured children” hatch, they assume that they are part of the family and launch into the tasks they were born to do. They never realize that they are forced-labor victims of the enemy.
Just as these little creatures are captives from the time of their birth, so we enter the world enslaved to sin and Satan. But there is a solution. By receiving Christ we are released from the condemnation of sin. Then by the Holy Spirit’s power we can begin serving Christ where we are.
We are all servants of one master or the other. Our decision, as Joshua pointed out, is not whether we will serve, but whom we will serve. – Martin R. De Haan II
“Choose you this day!” Time hastens on –
You cannot neutral be;
To serve the world or Christ the Lord,
Choose now which it shall be. – Meyer
True freedom is found in bondage to Christ.
- February 26, 1987, Our Daily Bread