Liberated to Serve One Master

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will by loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:24

In a culture where personal freedoms are the measure of all things, the idea of a master is so out-of-place. Imagining ourselves free, we have become slaves to impulse, materialism, self-ingratiation, leisure and greed. Paul warned us, that if we let sin reign we would end up obeying it. We would fall back under the influence of the very thing from which we were redeemed.

We see our relationship with God in such static terms, such positional ways. “I’m saved!” we declare. But there is a behavioral dimension. Only by yielding ourselves as slaves to righteousness, only by doing right things, do we prove our liberty. Only by being made an instrument of righteousness to we prove the imputed righteousness within us. We need grace to embrace the disciplines that move us to obey from the heart, what God has asked of us.

So many among us have been set “free from” something. But we have never been liberated enough to be “free to” – free to pray passionately, free to worship with abandon, free to publicly declare allegiance to Christ, free to lay every potential idol on the altar, free to sell all and follow Jesus.

  • You are the treasure of our lives. You are calling us to a journey. Some of us you may call to abandon our nets and sell our boats – to a radical change –as you did the disciples. And it will be the best decision we ever made. Set us free from this world. Set us free to follow you. I know – to be a true disciple demands the discipline of a soldier. Give me the grace to begin the exercise regiment today.

Rev. P. Douglas Small, Project Pray, Awakening America

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