In the Confederate South, there was a slave who was owned by the most abusive slaveowner around. The slaveowner would consistently tell the slave, “Come here. Do this. Drink this.” He led the slave into terrible situations by playing into his desires.
This particular slave was the slaveowners “butler,” so to speak, as this slave was born into the man’s ownership. He brought the slave everywhere. Dinner parties, errands, funerals, everywhere. This slave was his “right hand man.” Unfortunately, that made the slave his fall man.
One night, they were at a dinner party, and the slaveowner called the slave into a room.
“I got you this woman. For all of the hard work you have done for me your whole life, please enjoy.”
The slave, thankful for the pleasure of a woman after so many years of abuse from his owner did not think twice and entered the room. Meanwhile, the slaveowner went and grabbed the owner of those house.
“There appears to be a man in the bedroom with your daughter!” the slaveowner said to the homeowner.
The man entered the room in a rage, beating the slave profusely. The slave escaped, joining his owner at the exit of the estate. The slave said nothing about the deception that he had just been led into.
Later that night, the slave sat in his shack on the property. The nicest of the shacks, but still a shitty living quarters. An incredibly wealthy man from the North had dropped by the farm to talk to the slaveowner; he was interested in purchasing a slave. He was willing to pay anything. The slaveowner showed the Northerner around, until they came to the slave’s shack. The Northerner saw the slave in his brokenness and pointed at him and said, “Him. I want him.”
The slaveowner was hesitant, but the Northerner offered him more than he could refuse. So, the Northerner took the slave in his carriage, up to the North. No words were spoken the entire time.
When they finally arrived, the Northerner said to the slave, “You are now free. You can go wherever you want! But, I promise you that, if you stay with me, you will have great things!” The Northerner was an elderly man, about to pass on, looking to pass his estate onto someone. Anyone who would take it.
The slave stayed with the Northerner. Faithfully serving the man, but never leaving the home. He never got to DO anything he wanted to do. His mind began to wander to his home in the South. Oh, the lavish things he had received from his old master. Only, he had forgotten about the consequences. He only saw the pleasures. He yearned for those pleasures!
Finally, the temptation became too strong. He fled his home with the Northerner and returned to the South. To his former master.
Now, as I think about this story, I think only one thing about the slave: what an idiot! But, I then realize that I am that way, myself.
We were a slave to sin. But, Jesus bought us with His blood. He plans to lavish us with treasure, and all He asks for is our faithful service. Yet, we still think about our old master. We want those pleasures. We yearn for them, until, finally, we go back. How foolish of us! We have been bought into freedom, but instead return to bondage because we cannot see the big picture of life!
This post is very brief, but it is pretty self-explanatory… It is so foolish to return to sin when we have so much more than we could ever know with God! I recently made this mistake, but was reading Romans, and stumbled across this:
“What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.
For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:15-23, ESV)
How silly is it to return to an abusive master when we have been chosen and bought by God, with only the best intentions?! How can we be so narrow-minded as to not see the glory that He promises?! The most rewarding thing we can do is allow ourselves to be in the presence of God. Do not return to sin. Do not be a foolish slave. God has great things in store for us.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Matthew 6:19-20, ESV)