Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.” John 8:34-38
It is amazing how habits, either good or bad, can take over your life. But, the bad ones really seem to get hold of people. People will go out of their way to feed a habit and even alter their lives and relationships in order to fulfill a habit. Some will become exercise junkies to the point that everything else takes a back seat. I have witnessed smokers standing outside a hospital oxygen tank in tow lighting up one cigarette after another.
When one makes a sin into a habit they no longer control their own lives. It is the sin that is in control. We can rationalize all we want to, that our particular vice is no big deal but when we let everything else that is important to us fall by the wayside in order to feed our vice we are enslaved. People will sell everything they own including their bodies to feed their sin. And what usually happens is that the first sin spawns other sins that also need to be fed. So sin stacks on sin and the rest of the world is forgotten as we pleasure our master, sin.
Jesus warned the Jews that though they thought they were free men, in actual fact they were slaves. They were willing slaves but slaves none the less. That is how it is with sin. Satan show us something that looks good and feels good and seems to harm no one so why not. It is only later that we begin to see the cost and by then it is too late, we are hooked. We watch as our life slowly spirals out of control.
Jesus came to offer us a way to break free. He came so we would no longer be salves to our sins. When we accept Christ and His payment for our sins we are no longer slaves but sons and daughters of the King. We will still sin, we will do so as longer as we occupy our sinful bodies, but we are now able to control our lusts. Slowly, sometimes imperceptible so, we find the old desires having less and less of a hold. As we become stronger in Christ we are able to say no to the old slave holder and say yes to God. When Jesus frees us we are indeed free. Free for the first time in our lives.
Have a blessed day,