Romans 6:6-11 NIV
“In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” ~ Romans 6:11 NIV ~
In December of 1865, the ratification of the 13th Amendment ended the legal institution of slavery in the United States. This concept of bonded servitude is something that hardly ended in 1865 and has plagued humanity since its fall. Slavery is a generational curse that spawns from the brokenness of our human nature and without Christ, a curse that we are all victims of. Without Christ we are slaves to sin, to brokenness, to selfishness.
Freedom from slavery has always come with a cost. For most people the cost was always to high and life-risking actions where required. Frederick Douglas, one of the leading abolitionists in the US in the 1800’s, risked his life to escape north, but even making it didn’t guarantee freedom. Douglas was a fugitive slave until his supporters helped to purchase his freedom from his old slave master.
Our freedom from being slaves to sin also comes at cost and with the sacrifice of life. But what if I told that you didn’t have to pay that price, and that you could have your freedom if you believed in the one who has already payed it for you. See, over 2000 years ago, God sacrificed His perfect son, Jesus Christ, to pay the price for our sins. Holy in every way, Jesus bore the weight of your sins and my sins on the cross so that we may have eternal life by our faith in Him. Paul teaches us in Romans 6 that by our faith in Christ, we are crucified with Christ and our old bodies, bound to sin, are done away with. But Christ was raised from the dead so that we too may rise with Christ, with death no longer having mastery over us.
God is in the business of braking the chains that bind us to brokenness and selfishness. He offers us a life filled with His Holy spirit, but just as He sacrificed His life so the we may live, we must sacrifice our lives so that He may live in us! Its time to take off the broken chains and choose to live in the freedom that God has offered.
Question to Consider: Do believe that Christ sacrificed His life to brake the chains that bind you to slavery? If so, what is stopping you from taking off the broken chains?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for breaking my chains. I ask you to continue to strengthen me so that I may leave my chains behind to seek a life in you freedom!
Weekly Memory Verse: Psalm 118:5 NLT - In my distress I prayed to the LORD, and the LORD answered me and set me free.