“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’ Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.'”
John 8:31-32, 34, NIV
Our Lord was locked in confrontation with the religious authorities. Their lack of understanding in spiritual matters kept them enslaved to their sin and this world.
Those who seem to be free and on the verge of accomplishing great things for God can find themselves suddenly in bondage. We may see this pattern in our own lives. This is what Jesus is suggesting.
As we immerse ourselves further into the things of this world, we become anesthetized to spiritual things. We dismiss the fact that the Holy Spirit can cease working in and through us because of sin. Our sin robs us of our spiritual sensibilities. No doubt some of us imagine that we are free, and yet we are enslaved.
As we begin to depart from God’s Word and go our own way we are in danger of entering the greatest bondage we have ever known. We need to wake up and realize that the path to freedom lies in obeying the Word of God.
Only by abiding in the Word of God, “hold to my teaching,” can we enjoy the liberation Christ offers us. Abiding in the Word involves two things – studying the Word and obeying it. The result is freedom… to rise above our sins and live a holy life. Choose freedom that God desires for you- the freedom to choose the best, to keep on growing, and to reach your potential. That is to be free indeed, and it comes, from abiding in the Word of God, from knowing and doing God’s will. The reason many Christians are not experiencing spiritual freedom today is, while they may be biblically literate, they are not biblically obedient.
QUESTION: What is most likely to enslave you? What can you do, in obedience, to be set free?