January - 24 - Thursday

To whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness.
Therefore If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

Romans 6:16; John 8:36.

Who is your master?

I well remember that comrade from my military service who, in the course of a vaccination session, appeared stripped to the waist with the words “Neither God nor any master” boldly tattooed on his chest. But everyone knew how far alcohol and immorality had taken control of him.

Many people erroneously believe that they are fully masters of themselves and do not succumb to any influence. Obeying a wicked inclination, yielding to temptation whenever they arise means being their slave. Since he was banned from paradise as a result of his disobedience, man has been under the domination of the devil, “the power of darkness” (Colossians 1, 13). God wishes to rescue him from it and lead him to conversion, by which he will pass from moral darkness to the light of His presence. But we shall only be delivered if we consent. There is no neutral territory between light and darkness: either one belongs to God or one has Satan as one’s master. Man resembles a ship that needs a captain to direct it. If God is not the captain, you can guess who will be at the helm: Satan.

Who has not had passions, whether known or hidden, that have made him a slave of evil?

Being ashamed of them is not enough. Everyone must agree that he himself is incapable of breaking free from it and turning to the One who alone can deliver him.

Do you want to be completely delivered? Then choose Jesus Christ as your God and Master.

True liberty comes from believing in Him and serving Him.