Free from Sin, Slave to God

Everyone wants to be free, but people have vastly different ideas of what that freedom looks like. To some, freedom is the ability to live with no responsibilities or expectations. To others, freedom is the ability to live with no accountability to authority, whatsoever. What is the biblical definition of freedom? First, we must understand that we cannot be free from something or someone to whom we are not a slave, whether that is natural or spiritual slavery. In these cases I have presented previously, there is a desire to be free from responsibilities and expectations, which implies that they were in bondage to these responsibilities and expectations. The biblical definition of freedom is distinctly different from those that I have previously presented. This definition is not only distinctly different, but it will sound also counter-intuitive to many. So what do we need to be free from and who can free us? In John 8:34, the Bible states, Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin”. If we are all slaves to sin, how then are we freed from it? We are all slaves to sin. In John 8:36, scripture reveals, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed”.  What a glorious truth, that man was a slave to sin, but the Son can set him free. “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed”. John 8:36. How then do we live out our new found freedom? Are we to embrace the world’s definition of freedom by ignoring our responsibilities or not being accountable to others? Clearly, the world’s definition of freedom is one where there is no accountability, which is very different from how the Bible tells us to live in freedom.  Not only are we freed from our sin, but we are called to be slaves to a new master, that is, slaves to the true and living God. In Romans 6:22 it states, “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life”. Now that you have been freed from your sin, do not be deceived into believing the world’s idea of freedom, but instead, submit yourself to God as His slave and glorify Him through the freedom from sin He has granted you!