There’s a concept that we find very hard to grasp. It’s something we don’t like to admit to ourselves, to fully embrace with our minds. It’s uncomfortable, and we often don’t like to acknowledge that it’s true. It is simple: we do not belong to ourselves. We are not free. And we’re all the better for it.
It’s true that we are free, in a sense – God has freed us from our bondage in sin. He has delivered us, and set us free. However, He freed us because He bought us with a price; we are freed from sin, yet slaves to Him because He bought us. This is the easy part to acknowledge.
The hardest part to grasp is that we should be living as if we were bought. We view Jesus’ death on the cross as the price paid for our sins, and now we are free – but nothing more. We do not live as if He paid the ultimate price for us. We take advantage of His mercy and grace. We did nothing to deserve His love! And yet, we live as if we do. We live our lives for ourselves, without a second thought.
This is not what we as believers should do. He bought us; is it not a given that we serve Him all of our days? Just because we are born again does not give us leave to live our lives for ourselves. Everything we do should be to honor and glorify God. He bought us with His love! We have taken that undeserved love and grace for granted. How can we do this to the one who set us free?
Christ is our Master. It is our duty – no, our privilege – to serve Him as His servants, bought with His unconditional love.