Intimacy and Slavery

I’ve been thinking a lot about intimacy with God. It is my desire. Sometimes, I feel it. When it is gone, I miss it. I’m praying for it.

Intimacy with God stems from obedience. When I am abiding in Christ, spending time in His Word, fellowshipping with His people, listening to His voice and then obeying—I am content.

That’s probably why I’ve been reading, “Slave,” by John MacArthur. I think it is the key to the intimacy I desire. Being a slave of Christ.

Romans 6: 16-18 states. “Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.”

After 52 years, I’m beginning to understand that when Christ bought me back from slavery to sin, he freed me to be a slave to righteousness. What do I mean?

Scripture teaches that before the Lord saved me, I had no choice in sin. It ruled me. When he redeemed, (bought back) my life with His atoning work on the cross, I no longer have to sin. When I sin, it is a choice.

Yet, I still choose to sin. I think it is freedom. At first I like it, and then it masters me. Yet, when I choose to obey the Lord and live for Him, I experience the freedom of slavery to righteousness.

John 8: 31, 32 says, “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

The great news is that I can ask my Heavenly Father to help me. I have the Holy Spirit to teach me. The Lord loves to give good gifts to His children.

And teaching me about Himself is the best gift.

It brings intimacy with God and true freedom.

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