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<< Wednesday, March 24, 1999 >>
 
Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95
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Daniel 3:52-56 John 8:31-42
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FREED FOR SLAVERY

 
"Never have we been slaves to anyone. What do You mean by saying, 'You will be free'?" —John 8:33
 

Jesus said: "I give you My assurance, everyone who lives in sin is the slave of sin" (Jn 8:34). Everyone who sins is a slave. Even everyone in debt is a slave, for "the borrower is the slave of the lender" (Prv 22:7). Therefore, the world is full of slaves.

However, slaves can be freed from slavery to sin and the world by offering themselves to Christ to become slaves of justice (Rm 6:18). "That is why, if the Son frees you, you will really be free" (Jn 8:36).

It is impossible for human beings to be freed from slavery, but we can be freed from the slavery of impurity, licentiousness, and degradation (Rm 6:19), and for the slavery of justice and sanctification, which leads to eternal life (Rm 6:19, 22).

Whose slave will you be? Slavery is degrading, dehumanizing, and self-destructive. But there is one exception to this. Slavery to Jesus is upbuilding, divinizing (see 2 Pt 1:4), and glorifying. Be freed for slavery. "Be slaves of Christ the Lord" (Col 3:24).

 
Prayer: Father, may I believe in You, abide in Your word, be a disciple of Jesus, know the truth, and then be free (Jn 8:31-32) to be Your slave.
Promise: "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, Who sent His angel to deliver the servants that trusted in Him; they disobeyed the royal command and yielded their bodies rather than serve or worship any god except their own God." —Dn 3:95
Praise: Laura dedicated herself to Jesus through Mary. She wears a chain to remind herself that she has become Jesus' slave (see Col 3:24).
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, July 23, 1998
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 27, 1998
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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