The Other Side of Christmas: December 14

From Slave to Saved             

December 14, 2019
by Kristi Gilzean          

Romans 6:16-18 (ESV)  
Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
When you were a kid, and someone asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up, what did you say? Maybe you wanted to be a teacher, or a firefighter, or an athlete. We may not have all gone on to be what our little seven-year-old self-dreamed of, but we do have one thing in common--none of us aspired to be a slave. Sometimes slavery is less like an occupation and more like a feeling, one that weighs us down and keeps us from God.  
Do you feel enslaved to anything this Christmas season? Is it your job or your finances? Maybe it’s a relationship with a family member or a friend? Is it your mental or physical health? Whatever it may be, take comfort in knowing that slavery is not God’s will for your life. God sees your pain and is patiently waiting to set you free if you’ll allow Him. He’s gone ahead of us and made a way out of captivity by sending His Son, Jesus. Thankfully, we don’t need to fight for freedom because our Father has already won it for us. He’s taken us from slave to saved; now we just have to act like it.  
God is the only one who can change slave mentality into saved mentality. Take some time today and talk to Him about the areas where you feel enslaved, then plan to talk to someone who can hold you accountable or help you get away from the thing that is holding you captive. Pray about being a part of Celebrate Recovery when it starts in 2020. 
Lord, thank You for sending your Son to free me from sin. Reveal to me the ways I’m enslaved. Help me to trust that only You can free me. In Your name, amen.

About the author:
Kristi Gilzean
Kristi works in the Stafford School system as a paraprofessional. She has been attending Stafford Crossing most of her life. Her parents started attending when she was in 1st grade and her family has called it their church home ever since. Currently, she serves in Kids Crossing almost every Sunday as a teacher for the 2s and 3s class. She also hosts a Bible study for her second family, a young ladies’ group, every Monday.