I am a slave

I would like to explain myself for you today, to give you some understanding of who I am. Why I do the things I do, say the things I say, and act the way I act. I am a slave! Yes, it is true I am a slave, I am owned. I have no independence, I have no rights, I am owned, I am at the mercy of my Master who purchased me, I am not my own I am His, I don’t make decisions for myself He does, I don’t live to please myself or anyone else for that matter, I live only to please my Lord, my Owner. I was bought by one Master I am owned completely by Him, I am available when and where He wants me and He requires my obedience, I am completely subject to His will alone, I am completely dependent on my Lord for everything; all that I have is His I own nothing of my own everything that I have is His He can give it to me to use as He wills and take it away again just as quickly. My wife, my children, my home, my job, my church are all His; He provides for all of these and can take them back anytime He wants. The money He gives me is not my own it is His and I must do with it what He says. All discipline and reward come from my Master only. He disciplines me as He wills and rewards me as He wills; I have no say so in the matter. I can’t leave, even if I wanted to.

You may begin to think that this is some kind of metaphor I assure you it is not, I am a slave bought and owned by one master. Now I must introduce you to my Master, my Lord, the one who owns me, Jesus Christ. You heard it right; I am a slave of Jesus Christ. Like I said, this is no metaphor, I am owned by Him, He is my Lord and Master and I am His slave. He purchased me, I am not free, and I am His. You see I owed so much that there was no way I could ever pay the price. The price for what I owed was my very life, eternal punishment in Hell. I was a criminal and had broken ten very serious laws numerous times, the laws I had broken are the very laws of God. God promises to punish everyone who does not keep His commandments (see Psalm 89:31-32). The Bible says: “So then each of us shall give account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12). So when you and I stand before God and He asks: Have you always loved Me? Have you worshiped false gods? Have you used My name in vain? Have you always honored the Sabbath day? Have you always honored your parents? Have you murdered, hated someone or even been angry at someone unjustly? Have you committed adultery, had sex outside of marriage, looked at another person other than your spouse with lust? Have you stolen, taken anything that doesn’t belong to you? Have you ever lied? Have you always been 100% pleased with what you have and not desired the things that others have?

Now what will you say when your stand before God and He asks you, have you kept my commandments? You know the answer, the answer is no, you haven’t. Hell is the punishment for ALL who break His law His commands. Each of us will stand before God in judgment and each of us are guilty. “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The price for these crimes is death in Hell, it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve broke the law, the judgment is based on whether or not you broke the law. Jesus was the perfect Lamb of God, He never sinned even once. The Bible tells us that He was God Himself in Human form. He did something that none of us can do and only He can do because He was sinless and God himself. He gave His life in place for sin, when He was crucified on the cross, then being God He rose from the grave defeating death and He offers forgiveness of sins. “He purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28). “For you were bought at a price” (1 Corinthians 6:20 & 7:23). Jesus has paid the price for your redemption, He has paid the price for your sins, you don’t have to go to Hell but if you except His payment for your sins you no longer are your own you are His. “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9) “Every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Philippians 2:11).

Let me be as blunt and open as I can be here. You are not saved if Jesus isn’t your Lord. You are saved when you except Jesus Christ as Lord meaning He owns you and you are His. Jesus said: “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angles” (Mark 8:34-38). If Jesus is your Lord, when He gives a direct command if you are His slave you obey it, when there isn’t a direct command you do whatever you can to please your master. I would like to invite you to become a slave of Jesus Christ just as I am. Purchased with the blood of Jesus Christ, owned by Him.

Mike Peek a slave of Jesus Christ