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To be free, we have to be born again

John wrote: “We are well aware that we are from God, and the whole world is in the power of the Evil One” (1 Jn 5:16).

Slaves of sin since birth

We are born under the power of sin. In Psalm 51, King David considers man as conceived in the guilt of sin: “Remember, I was born guilty, a sinner from the moment of conception” (Ps 51:5).

Man is born under the weight and with the stain of sin. There is not one just man, not a single one, for all have sinned and for this are short of the glory of God. As a consequence of the original sin, man is born affected by sin, and under slavery to it. The word of God becomes applicable from the time sin entered history: “All have sinned and lack God’s glory” (Rom 3:23), “Not one of them is upright, not a single one, not a single one is wise” (Rom 3:10-11), “All turned away, all alike turned sour” (Rom 3:12). John reminds us that “everyone who commits a sin is a slave” (Jn 8:34)

From slavery to freedom

EVERY HUMAN BEING IS BORN UNDER SLAVERY. This has not always been the case, but after sin made its entry into the world, every human being is born a slave spiritually speaking. In the beginning man enjoyed full freedom, but sin ruined him completely and humankind would have forever remained under condemnation and subjugation to the devil who is the author of sin, if Christ had not come to the earth.

Characteristics of the servants of Jesus Christ

The servants of Jesus Christ are weighed according to the scale that the same Christ taught us. He is the only who knows in depth the hearts of men and is capable, without erring, of qualifying his servants. The Word of God gives us a faithful and true teaching on how to be and act as servants of Christ. Do we want to become servants of Christ? Then we should strive to live what the Word of God teaches:

 

 

Servants of Jesus Christ

The Christian is not only a steward of God’s gifts; he is also a servant of Christ. A good Christian, must be a good steward and also a good servant of Christ. In fact, a bad steward cannot be a good servant of the Lord. The concept of servant has shades that are proper and of great interest both in theory as well in practice that we have to consider, as much as to become servants of Christ, as to retain this privileged position. We could say that to live under the Lordship of Christ means to be servants of Christ.

Stewards and not masters (III). Faithful stewards.

“In such a matter, what is expected of stewards is that each one should be found trustworthy” (1 Cor 4:2).

Stewards and not masters (II). Chosen to bear fruit.

Our Lord does not want our lives to be barren. So there is a need to bear fruit. In the Parables of Talents -that we saw last week- or in the Parable of Pounds -a very similar one- (cf Lk 19:11ff), the Lord comes to collect the fruit of the work of his servants or stewards. As Master he has every right to demand the fruit of what is his. And surely he demands it: “Then why did you not put my money in the bank? On my return I could have draw it out with interest” (Lk 19:23), said the nobleman to his foolish servants in the Parable of Pounds.

Stewards and not masters

After referring in the previous themes on the Lordship of Christ to what man is and has, we can conclude without erring that man surely is not the owner, but STEWARD, of all that the Lord has placed under his care: the spiritual gifts, the time, the material goods, the intellectual faculties, the family, his own body and many other subjects and realities.

In its entire context the word of God, does not keep a margin for doubt: we are stewards of all that we are and have. Let us have a look at one of the Parables that throws more light over our status as stewards.

Jesus Christ, Lord of what I am and have (III): money

Continuing the theme of the past week, the Bible also states that all material goods, all possessions in general, the wealth and the money in particular, belong to the Lord. In the Book of Haggai, just to mention a very explicit text, the Lord makes it very clear the ownership of all wealth: “Mine is the silver, mine the gold” (Hag 2:8).

Jesus Christ, Lord of what I am and have (II)

If we have paused to think of all that the Lord has given us, we surely would remain amazed. In the previous theme, we saw something of that. This week I would like to mention two gifts that we have received from the Lord that are much relevant because the use we make of them usually says enough about ourselves. They are time and money. In fact, a phrase that makes the rounds and which I consider quite meaningful, says, “Tell me in what way you spend your time and your money and I will tell you what you are”.
 
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