I just love the oxymorons in the Bible! Without the spiritual component, these statements appear to make no sense at all. But through the lens of God’s Word, they are energizing!
Like this one: I can be free to be a slave.
Usually we think of freedom in terms of, “I’m free to do whatever I want to do.” In the natural this is freedom; but in the spiritual it’s slavery.
Think of it this way. When I say, “I’m free to do whatever I want to do,” I’m saying that I am in charge. But I am sinful … selfish … envious … short-sighted … petty … vengeful … and a whole laundry list of other nasty things. So when I want to do what I want to do—when I think I’m free to control my own life—I’m still a slave. A slave to sin.
There’s a price for this “freedom” to be my own boss. The price is death (see Romans 6:23).
But because of what Jesus did for me on the Cross, I don’t have to have this “freedom” that leads to death. I can be free to be a slave. Check this out:
But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. (Romans 6:22)
I have a choice to make:
- I can choose to call my own shots (so-called “freedom”), and have to pay the penalty of death; or,
- I can choose to be a slave of God, and receive His gifts of holiness and eternal life.
I’m choosing option #2!
How about you?