It’s been laid on my heart how most of us don’t think about what we were before by faith we believed in Jesus Christ, the Son of the One True God, and He saved us from being dead in our sins. “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; He has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.” (Col. 2:13-14) By His mercy and grace, he has made us His heirs; we have eternal life in Christ.
We have been purchased by Christ, redeemed out of slavery to sin to live as part of His divine family. “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Cor. 6:19-20)
As He purchased us by His blood, we are now slaves to Christ. “Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.” (Rom. 6:16-18)
A first-century slave belonged to his owner, lived as part of his master’s household, was equipped and trained to be used for the master’s purposes, and carried out the will of his lord alone. And this is the way the New Testament exhorts believers to live and to think about themselves in the spiritual realm. “Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” (1 Peter 1:17-19)
It’s important to ask ourselves, are we being slaves to our sin or to Christ? Do we really love Him? “Jesus answered him, ‘If anyone loves me, he will keep my Word, and my Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” (John 14:23) Are we truly grateful for what He has done for us, and do we really love Him? Do we keep His Word? He sent us a helper, the Holy Spirit, to assist us in keeping His Word. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5)