Romans 6:9-11 (ESV)
We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.
So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Now that you know the gospel and have received it, here comes the next part, and it’s not easy. You have to understand what’s different; not only about where your eternity will be spent, but also about this new life you have now entered into called “the Christian life.”
You are now a new creation in Christ, meaning everything in your life is turned upside down: you were a slave to sin, now you’re free as a slave to God. The things you used to enjoy now become the things you hate, and the things you hated became the things you enjoy. You did not care for God, now you have a love for Him. Things are different, and this all begins with acknowledging Jesus as Lord over your life. He has control of your life, you desire to do His will and walk in obedience.
The word of God is the truth where you once believed the lies of the world, and Holy Spirit has given you life where there once dwelt death. Instead of disobedience, now you are called to walk in obedience. You are a “slave of God” in the most freeing way possible.
When the writers of the NT (with God being the master author through them) wrote about being a “slave of Christ”, they didn’t mean slavery like we think of it today. Slavery in the first century was quite different than you might imagine: slaves were often trained in the same profession as their master’s, and could even receive part of the inheritance of their master. They could even be considered part of the family. They were completely owned and obedient to another, and here’s what the Bible means when it says we are called “slaves of Christ.” We are completely owned by another, yet we have so many blessings in that relationship.
Look at it this way: you were owned by Satan and sin, with no hope in sight. Yet Christ paid your slavery price (death) by His death on the
Cross. And because He defeated death, you are no longer owned by sin and Satan. This means you are owned by Christ because He bought (or “ransomed”) you, and now everything you need (and more) is yours!
Today, reflect on what it means to be a “slave” of Christ. Why is this important for your life today? How does it impact the way you understand your relationship with God?