I have been a slave before. My master whispered to my ears every night that he owned me, telling me that the next time I try a prison break, I should think of the consequences.
I should think of what I am willing to lose. I listened to him because I felt I was too gone, how do I redeem myself? Sin was my master and I its slave. It seemed easy to be a slave even though I was cognizant of the consequences of leading such a life.
Then I had an epiphany, I realized how sin was holding me back, how the guilt was eating me up and I decided to surrender. I cried for help from the one who created me. The one I belong to, the one I had ran away from to find satisfaction from things and people He created. I am not yet perfect, I still fail Him almost every day but knowing that I am no longer a slave but a child of God keeps me going.
One of my resolution was to delve in His word and get to know more about my father. True enough I found that He really does specialize in the lost. In the book of Luke 15, Jesus told of lost things and people and finding them. The impetus being the Pharisees whispering to each other how this man was welcoming sinners and eating with them. He tells of the parable of the lost sheep, how a shepherd with 100 sheep goes back for one that is lost and celebrates upon finding it. “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. “ Luke 15:7.
The devil keeps reminding us of our sins so as to hold us hostage. There are voices in our head telling us that we can amount to nothing and that we are too far gone.Jesus tells of the prodigal son, who asked for his share of his father’s estate only to leave for another country and squander everything. Life becomes unbearable and he decides to go back to his father and became his slave, guilt and shame was eating him.
He is surprised by how his father receives him, he is clothed with the best robe, sandals and a ring on his finger and a fattened calf killed for him. I believe the purpose of this parable is to teach us that when you ask for forgiveness, God is just and will forgive your sins. “So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.”Galatians 4:7.