If you are a Christian, you enjoy simultaneous freedom and slavery. Freedom in Christ is one of the most misunderstood concepts of the Christian life. Most Christians assume it means freedom from obligation and the hard work of obedience. But freedom in Christ is never described that way in the Bible. We are not given a license to do whatever we wish. Instead, Christians enjoy the freedom from slavery to sin. We are free to obey. And we are simultaneously enslaved to God to serve Him and love Him. Christians should find joy in freedom from sin and slavery to our Master.
The problems arise when we replace our slavery to God with slavery to anything else. God wants us enslaved to nothing and no one besides Him. And a false understanding of our freedom will sometimes lead to such slavery. Are you enslaved to something other than God? Debt? Food? Another person? Entertainment? Spending? An addiction? According to 2 Peter 2:19, “For whatever a person succumbs to, to that he is enslaved.”