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What The Church Needs Is A Slave Mentality
"Head! Think of Him Whose brow was thorn-girt. Hands! Toil for Him Whose hands were nailed to the Cross. Feet! Speed to do His behests Whose feet were pierced. Body of mine! Be His temple Whose body was wrung with pains unspeakable." - Nelson's Teacher's Resource on First Corinthians, pg. 105
Another quote from the above source says - "Every Christian has been bought with a price. He henceforth belongs to the One Who bought him, the Lord Jesus. We are to be Christ's bondslaves and not slaves of men."
On this same subject, Matthew Henry adds these pertinent remarks - "We are not proprietors of ourselves, nor have power over ourselves, and therefore should not use ourselves according to our own pleasure, but according to His will, and for His glory, Whose we are, and Whom we should serve."
"The servants of Christ should be at the absolute command of no other master besides Himself, should serve no man, any further than is consistent with their duty to Him. No man can serve two masters."
Think about what is being said here!
Every Christian - that means you and me - has been purchased - bought by God with the price of His own Son's Blood.
1 Corinthians 6:20 verifies this fact - "For ye are bought with a price..."
1 Corinthians 7:23 reiterates it - "Ye are bought with a price..."
Acts 20:28 refers to us as "...the church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood."
Oh! How we need to let these words sink deep down into our spirits until they transform our entire lives! If so, we would never be the same again! We would never have such problems as many face today with feelings of insecurity, inferiority, or fear of man. Nor would the Church ever be accused of being lust-driven as so many are in the world today.
"Ye are bought with a price..."
What exactly does that mean to you in your every day course of life?
For one thing, it should tell you that you are very, very special. You are of great value.
How is that?
Because the highest price in the entire universe was paid to buy you back from Satan's control. That price was the Precious Blood of God's Lamb - none other than the Lord Jesus Christ.
The world would say that a person is valuable based on how much money, education, experience, talents, gifts, success, or prestige one has.
But that is not how God looks upon you today! You are special because of the price placed upon your life.
Let's think about this for a moment!
The price of an object is what is paid for it. If something is valuable, a high price is paid. If it is of little value, the price is very low.
Your life was so valuable to God that He paid the highest price in the entire universe - giving up His own life - to buy you.
Just as one considers what they have to part with in order to purchase a property, even so God deliberated over what He had to give up in order to purchase you.
Knowing that you are so valuable to God, how should this thought affect your life?
Initially, it should make you grateful to the Almighty for all that He has done for you in buying you back from Satan's slave market. By right of purchase, you should be more than willing to be God's slave.
1 Corinthians 6:20 instructs us on how we should react to such a transaction - "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."
In what way could we possibly pay God back for all that He has done for us?
The answer? By becoming His love slaves - those whose sole interest is to "glorify" their Master.
Just how is that done?
The best way is to become wholly the property of our Purchaser. That entails being used and employed as He directs...being faithful and devoted to Him...living to Him...being willing to deny self in order to fulfill His will...keeping His commandments...yielding wholly to His pleasure and service...obeying and regarding His will without reservation or limitation...using all skills and talents for His glory...promoting His honor... using our bodies as His property and for His use...as well as living a pure life - while at all times abstaining from fornication, licentiousness, and heart adultery.
Since the Lord Jesus is our Purchaser, He has every right to keep, direct, and dispense of our lives as He so chooses. For us to take our bodies or lives and use them in a way that we desire is acting as a thief who illegally takes what does not belong to him.
Also, if we allow anyone other than the Lord Jesus to control us, we are also acting as a thief.
1 Corinthians 7:23 says - "Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men."
The redemption price of the Blood of Jesus obligates us to God to be His love slaves. We are never, ever to become the slaves of men or to sell ourselves to the plans and agendas of other men. At no time are we to obey another man when his will runs contrary to God's will for our lives.
In closing, let's consider one last comment by Pastor Henry - "Our comfort and our happiness depend on what we are to Christ, not what we are in the world."
So many are depressed and discouraged because they do not fit into the various standards or "molds" of the world - that is, being rich, beautiful, talented, successful, well-known, a superstar, etc. They honestly believe that their happiness and well-being is wrapped up in such criteria.
This is an erroneous concept - one that has even crept into the Church and overtaken some believers - while wreaking havoc in their lives.
It's time that we come back to having a "slave mentality." We are "bought with a price."
Knowing this fact and allowing it to transform our lives will bring great excitement and fulfillment.
We challenge you this day.
From this moment onward, become obsessed with being God's love slave.
Live wholly for Him - and not for self, this world's lusts, or to fulfill another man's wishes or demands.
And then see if you will not be the happiest person on the face of the earth.
You certainly won't feel insecure, inferior, or bound by lust or fear ever again.
May God Bless His Word.