In Chains and Loving It

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

In his commencement address delivered to the class of 2015 at Dartmouth College, David Brooks made two comments that caught my attention. Early in his speech he emphasized the necessity of returning to commitment in a society where that is no longer valued as important. Then in closing, Mr. Brooks stressed that “It’s the things you chain yourself to that set you free.” When I read this, my thoughts immediately turned to the apostle Paul and the manner in which he describes himself in his letters as being “a bond servant or slave of Christ.”

The concept of slavery in ancient times indicated that the slave or servant’s desire was consumed in that of his or her master. Paul recognized that submitting to the Lordship of Jesus Christ would naturally entail a complete surrender to the will of God. So, the next time you tell a friend about your commitment to Christ, explain what it means to be a slave of Christ, yet free to joyfully serve Him!