“Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil, live as God’s slaves.” 1 Peter 2:16.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 2 Kings 20, Isaiah 38-39, Psalm 75, and 1 Peter 2.
I am a free, yet I am a slave of God.
I am encouraged to live as if I’m free with the understanding that I am enslaved to God.
Because I love God, I want to please Him. I am eager to do what He wants……….and I have the freedom to express that love in any appropriate way.
My love for Him is even higher than that: I want to be like Him. Think of how effective I would be a slave if I knew exactly what my master wanted. If I had studied His likes and dislikes. If I had read/listened to what He said. If I had chatted with others regarding my master.
The Godly slave does not leave all the heavy lifting on his Master. He figures out what his Master wants and then gets after it.
I do not know my Master well enough. How do I know that? Because I do not represent Him consistently. I often act as if I have no idea what He wants. How sad, because I want to be Him wherever I am at.
What should I do? Surrender to the Master. Surrender my thoughts, words, and actions. Surrender my hearing to Him…….”be quick to listen.” I need to read the Bible with a passion to know the Master better. It can’t just be academic! There is so much to be done.
“Lord, Your Word cuts me deep at times. That was today’s passage for me. I have in no way been enslaved to You. I am sorry. Forgive me for studying You for knowledge only. I need a life-style change! Forgive me for asking You to change me and then sitting back taking no part myself. I must love You enough to passionately desire total enslavement to You. I need to take action in that direction. I cling to You for directions.”
Is there any evidence that we are slaves of God?