Romans 6:16, 22
16 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?…22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.
A few years ago, I had a dream. I dreamt I was a slave.
In the dream (set in the 1700—1800’s), the master was looking for me. I could sense that he was about to rape me. So, I ran down stairs! I had planned to escape once I got downstairs, but the “master” was right behind me. As I stood at the bottom of the stairs, I could see the front door, which was a screen door. Through the screen door, I saw nothing but pretty water, greenery, and sunshine.
But the door was locked. I couldn’t get free!
Then I turned around and saw the slave master standing behind me and I anticipated he was going to rape me so I screamed “Don’t!”
And I woke up. It terrified me.
Even recalling it now sends chills up my spine.
Looking back, that dream symbolized a lot of things going on with me at the time. Perhaps even now, many of you reading this may be able to relate. Why? You recognize 2 things:
- At some point or another, all of us were slaves to a master of some kind; maybe several.
- Whatever we submitted to, often became the domineering source in our life which made us…slave.
Something and perhaps someone, at some point was your master. You obeyed. You did what you were told. You responded a certain way. You behaved a certain way. You did things when you didn’t want to (but yet something made you feel like you had to), yet you didn’t know how to say no. You didn’t know that you could. Maybe you thought it was something you had to live with for the rest of your life.
For me – my masters were my own foolishness, disobedience, giving in to deception and being enslaved by my passions and pleasures (Titus 3:3-7).
I didn’t say no. I thought I couldn’t live without my masters.
As Titus goes on to describe, I lived in malice and envy – hating people. (Don’t know if I was hated though ☺) However, when the kindness and love of my God and Savior appeared, he saved me. It wasn’t because of righteous things I had done, but because of his mercy.
- My foolishness resulted in purposely putting myself in dangerous situations where I didn’t know if I would be safe and secure.
- My disobedience resulted in me purposely ignoring God to pursue my own agenda.
- Me believing the lies of the enemy about my value resulted in me pursuing all sorts of relationships and activities while also compromising my worth.
I didn’t reap any Godly benefits while a slave to my sin. Nothing I was doing was leading to holiness and eternal life. NOTHING.
My ungodly passions and pleasures kept me in bondage for years, yet I didn’t want to let them go because I liked the way they made me feel. Those passions and pleasures made me temporarily forget that I had deeper issues (that I didn’t want to confront), yet I found myself after those passions and pleasures passed – still very empty and broken.
Years ago, when I had that dream about being a slave – I had just rededicated my life to Christ and was baptized. I felt so free. My thought process was being adjusted and I could sense that I was spiritually maturing in a way that I had never known. I wanted people to begin to experience the feeling that I had just found—that joy.
But right after that dream, I shared it with a trustworthy person at the time. She had news for me.
She said that dream was the enemy’s way of telling me he wanted me and that I would never be free from the issues I had. I was to be his slave. He wanted me and planned to keep me by any means necessary.
That pretty greenery I was seeing through the screen door represented my life once I was no longer under his control. She then told me to war and to tell the devil that I had a new master – and his name was Jesus.
I did just that and haven’t looked back since. Why would I? I found a love and He was too good!
He loved me for who I was…He was the one who made me and forgave me.
Beloved, as you reflect this week and even on this month, remember to be thankful for the Lord setting you free from whatever has you enslaved.
John 8:36 says it best: So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.Forever in HIS freedom, Katrina