“But now having been set free from sin and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness and the end, everlasting life” (Romans 6:22).
Once upon a time, you were the slaves to sins and other dirty bad habits. But you have been truly delivered now because it is God who delivered you. At the same time, you should not forget that you remain as slaves to God.
Abraham Lincoln was the President of America and once when he was going along, he saw some Negro slaves being auctioned on his way. When a young woman was about to be auctioned, her face was filled with fear and terror. To keep her silent, people were lashing her with whips.
That scene melted the heart of Abraham Lincoln. He took part in the bidding and bought her for four hundred dollars. He comforted her and took her to his home. After feeding her fully he told her that she was free and she could go anywhere as she liked.
The woman replied, "Sir, you are setting me free after paying four hundred dollars as cost. I cannot see a person so generous like you. Serving you for the whole of the lifetime is my pleasure. You may not like me staying here as a slave but what I like is to stay as a slave under you forever."
Today you may also say to God, "Lord, you came in search of me. For my sake, you shed blood on the cross as price. You gave your life. You poured even the last drop of blood for my sake. I want to give the whole of my life to you and from now on I am your slave."
Only in that way, when the bright light of God met Paul the Apostle, he understood that Jesus suffered only for his sake (Acts 20:24, II Timothy 4:7).
You have become the slave to Christ who redeemed you from the captivity of sin and you should not run after the sins and worldly lusts any more. Dear children of God, will you ask God this way. “Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression” (Psalms 19:13).
To meditate: “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).