Every person alive on the planet today is a slave. The Bible says that we are either slaves of the flesh and the devil, or we are slaves of Christ. True freedom is found in being enslaved to Christ. The Apostle Paul said, “And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness” (Rom 6:18).
Our students are being given the wonderful privilege of learning how to be a slave of righteousness, a slave of Christ, a slave of truth – who is in fact the freest man or woman in the whole world, because they are set free from the tyranny of yourself and your own sin, and set free to know and live under the truth.
The great challenge for our students is to be grateful for their freedom. This is my message to them:
Be grateful that by your hard work and labor, those who are wise among you will move a step closer not toward a lifetime of slavery but toward the true freedom that is freedom to know truth, freedom to live for Christ, freedom to pursue any path that God calls you to, because you can think well and you love the lovely and you choose what is good and noble because you have mastered what is unworthy in your own soul and mind and learned to find joy in serving others.
So be grateful. “But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.” Live free.