I think it’s safe to say that almost all of us agree that a human should not be owned by another human. This is called slavery and is looked down upon by most of the world. Slavery definitely still exists, but thanks to the work of the many individuals and organizations fighting against it, we are seeing its hold diminish.

How about you? Have you ever felt like a slave? In our world of fierce independence, it might not be a popular idea, but we are all owned by something. Here’s an example to help explain. Let’s say you owe the bank $20,000 for that new car you bought last year. Now, you could have saved up the money before buying the car instead of agreeing to pay someone else more money than the car is worth just so you can drive it now, but we won’t get into that here. Unfortunately, you are probably regretting that purchase right now, because you recently had to take a cut in pay and haven’t been able to make the payments. Now the bank has called and told you that unless you catch up your payments by next month, they are going to take the car. You have a new baby at home and a wife that is exhausted by the end of the day, but instead of helping her, you now have to pick up a second job in hopes of not losing the car. Sounds a lot like being a slave right? Your time, money, and relationships are all solely based on the will of someone who doesn’t even care.

This might not be your story, but if you take a look at your calendar, your bank account, and those around you, you might realize that you aren’t the master, but the slave. God desires us to be free from this life of slavery, whether it’s to the bank or worse. This doesn’t mean we can control everything, we all know that’s impossible. But rather, it means staying focused on Jesus and working hard to be responsible with our time, money, and relationships so we can stay right side up in this upside down world.

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