Pastor Mike’s Minute Message: A Slave For God?! I Don’t Know…

Posted: November 13, 2014 in Pastor Mike's Minute Message
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This letter is from James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (James‬ ‭1‬:‭1‬ NLT)

Could you willingly become a slave? In ancient times, this was a common way for impoverished people to provide subsistence for themselves or their family and provision was made for this in law. For example, the code of Hammurabi stated that “besides being able to borrow on personal security, an individual might sell himself or a family member into slavery.” In medieval Russia, self-sale was the main source of slaves.

In the biblical aspect, James is not talking about an auction block but a willingness to let God control his life instead of his own whims. To be a “slave of God” sounds crazy, until you understand that God is a more merciful and loving Master of our lives than we are to ourselves. And sin? Sin is the ultimate taskmaster of torture and abuse, ruining everything it touches!

In this life, we all will serve somebody: God, Satan, Self, Others… And if it’s not God, all the others wind up in the same pile. Learn to give up control to the One that doesn’t desire to hurt, abuse, or manipulate you. He’s the only Master that desires more for you, to make you His child! You really are loved!

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