31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”
34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
For all of us who have been slaves to sin, this teaching of Jesus is one of our favorite teachings. Truly Jesus came to set us free. Ever since Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden we have been in slavery to sin. As in Adam all die for as Adam sinned all have sinned. Sin is a terrible master but a master all the same. Every one who commits sin becomes sin’s slave. No one is free from this slavery. When it comes to sin we don’t even have free will, we are bound to sin and we will sin. We may not take sin as far as someone else, but then on a given day we can and we may. “There is none righteous, no not one.”
The people hearing Jesus that day did not understand and thought him to be speaking of human slavery. Since they were not slaves they discounted what Jesus said. So Jesus clarified His teaching to them that all who commit sin are slaves to that sin.
But Jesus came to set us free from the slavery of sin and does so by adopting us into His holy family where sin no longer has dominion. (Read Romans 6) He adopts us (Read Romans 8) and takes us from our birth father, Satan, to our heavenly Father who receives us by His grace. (John 1:12) Once, through salvation, we belong to God, we are set free from the slavery of sin and no longer have to listen to its call. Therefore, when the Son makes you free, you are free indeed.
Are you free from sin or does sin still control you? Are you able to turn away or do you find yourself always being sucked into sin’s vortex? We still sin as we battle the world around us, the devil and his hosts, and our own flesh. But we are no longer sin’s slaves for in the power of our new Father and filled with His Holy Spirit we can see sin for what it is and turn from its grasp. When the Son makes you free, you are free indeed. This is what Jesus came to do.
VBS is our constant thought this week. All who can help with set up there will be people working at church today from 9:00-1:00. We focused our prayer last night on praying for VBS. Here are 21 points of prayer for VBS. Join with us in labored prayer for this great outreach event.
Have a great day in the Lord ,
- Pray for the children who will attend. Pray that God will prepare their hearts to learn about Jesus.
- Pray for a week of good weather (no rain, not too hot, etc.)
- Pray that compassion would fill the hearts of every adult and student leader.
- Pray that the Gospel will be proclaimed boldly, compassionately, and clearly.
- Pray for the enemy to be defeated in the lives of leaders, parents, and children.
- Pray for the parents and/or caregivers of the children who will attend. Pray that they will be engaged in conversation with their children about what their children are learning.
- Pray that the Lord would work through the lives of the children to reach their families with the Good News.
- Pray that this week will be the catalyst for all believers involved to begin a passionate pursuit of sharing the Gospel each opportunity they have.
- Pray for safety during recreation and drop-off/pick-up times.
- Pray that those who attend who are hungry for love and affirmation would find it not just from the leaders but in Jesus.
- Pray that the Ocean Commotion presentation will draw unchurched family members to our church.
- Pray that those who do not have a church home will be compelled to get connected at our church.
- Pray that “hands-on” activities will lead to “open-hearts.”
- Pray for strength and endurance both physically and spiritually for all leaders and children.
- Pray that our church can begin to help meet needs that are discovered during the week.
- Pray for unity among the leaders as they serve together.
- Pray that what is learned will make a difference in the lives of all who participate.
- Pray that all leaders will offer their service to the Lord and work for Him and Him alone.
- Pray that all involved will realize the vastness of God’s love for them.
- Pray for stamina for leaders as they work, share, serve, and minister to the kids and families that come through our doors.
- Pray for those who accept Christ. Pray that they will get involved in discipleship and grow as Christ-followers.