Last week we looked at a benefit of being in the church—being purchased by God’s blood. Not only does God claim ownership over us as His creation, but if we are in the church, we are double-owned as His blood-bought child.
Before we surrendered to God and became part of His purchased prize, we were servants of sin:
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
So yes, God be thanked that you are no longer a servant of sin. But what exactly does that mean in practical terms? It is freedom to be God’s servant. You are no longer controlled by urges of sin that lead to the destruction of things that are truly the most important to you.
Rom 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Free indeed means I am God’s servant, and when it comes to the things that once controlled me, I can rely on God’s authority over me to keep those things from recapturing me. Suppose you were controlled by an addiction to alcohol. You craved it and spent much of your paycheck on it. You were depressed without it and became dependent on it, and you needed it to relax. But it was also like being in love with poison. You couldn’t pay your bills or support your family because you were always broke the day after payday. It caused tension, disappointment, and sometimes fear among those you loved the most. It caused you to be late or miss work because it gave you a sick headache. So what you thought was a pleasure that you partook of at your desire, actually became a prison sentence that controlled your very existence.
That’s when the purchase of Jesus’ blood brought you into service of Jesus Christ. Now when that ugly addiction makes an appearance before you, the Holy Ghost on the inside rises up like the turret on a battle tank and blows it away. Jesus made you free!