Slavery: Part 2

Seek The Lord while He may be found. Call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to The Lord and He will have mercy on them and He will freely forgive them of their sins and set them free.

— Isaiah 55:6-7


To obtain freedom from approval and acceptance, the Bible seems to suggest we must first trust we are slaves. As such, we are unable even to recognize our own enslavement. Our ways and our thoughts are wicked. We must trust what the Bible says about us, and not our own minds, which have become factories of lies, deceit, and half-truths.

The cross offers freedom from a never-ending system we have been born into.

Freedom from approval and acceptance.

No wonder Paul could declare with such confidence “Am I trying to win the approval of people or of God? If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant” (Galatians 1:10).

If you live for other people’s approval, you will die from their rejection. Paul knew this. You cannot simultaneously be a servant of Christ while also being preoccupied with other people’s approval. The two are mutually exclusive.

Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died” (Philippians 2).

Everything changed as a result of that cross. The cross puts an end to the never-ending rat race of approval. The cross is freedom.

This world has nothing for me. I have nothing for it. Just that cross. All the alluring things that promised hope, change, reform, salvation, apart from that cross, those things have been mortified in me.

I live only for that cross.

So, some questions:

-what have you been running to besides that cross?

-how wrapped up in it have you become?

-are your interests in this world dead?

-is the world’s interest in you dead too?

Because in the end, none of that stuff will matter.

What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation. May God’s peace and mercy be upon all who live by this principle; they are the new people of God.”

We are to be a people who have been transformed into a new creation, who cling to nothing but the cross.

Thank You Jesus for that cross.

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