I recently happened upon an old Reader’s Digest story about a former slave and his owner. Jourdan and his family had been the property of Colonel Patrick Anderson. Upon Emancipation Jourdan moved his family to Ohio where they were doing very well. Anderson however found that running his Cotton plantation without Jourdan was overwhelming and soon fell on hard times. He sought out his former slave, all but begging Jourdan to return to help him run the plantation. He promised them their freedom and a better life than the one Jourdan and his family previously had on the Tennessee plantation.
Jourdan’s reply spoke to those he missed seeing, an oddly enough, a fondness for the only life he had ever known. He also made it clear that it was never in any man’s power to grant him freedom. He passed on the offer to return and lived a full life. The plantation however, soon went into receivership and the Colonel died a couple of years later.
You see Jourdan knew the freedom that is Jesus and in many ways, Colonel Anderson was more a slave than Jourdan and his family ever were. Anytime our focus is on the material, we become a slave to that thing. When we seek happiness from anything other than living a righteous life, we’re in perpetual pursuit of our next high, sometimes quite literally. Slavery has many faces and often its the one we see in the mirror.
If you desire to experience true freedom I urge you to first accept Jesus as your savior, then allow him to turn your attention to loving/serving your fellow man.
Galatians 5:13 – For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.