Luke 17:10 (NET) “So you too, when you have done everything you were commanded to do, should say, ‘We are slaves undeserving of special praise; we have only done what was our duty.”

Many African countries suffered from the slave trade movement. During that period, once a man was sold out as a slave, he lost his identity and freedom. He couldn’t own a property and could do only what his master wanted. Whenever he did contrary, he suffered horrible punishments, even painful death.

Those slaves were sold into slavery against their will, yet they went through that terrible ordeal. Man however sold himself into slavery by his own will when he committed treason against God in the garden of Eden. Through disobedience, man became a slave to sin and was condemned to death (Romans 6:16).

Jesus came however and bought us by his blood, giving his life as an exchange for ours and we became God’s property. We also are to do the will of the one who bought us (our master), but with a big difference; God himself helps us to do what he wants (Philippians 2:13), making it impossible for us to fail if we allow Him. This is great blessedness!

Another blessedness is the blessing of living above the power of curses and Satan and this is because curses and Satan will bow to us as long as God is working in us and we are submitted to Him(James 4:7, Like 10:19).

The third blessedness is that of rewards. Unlike the African slaves who couldn’t own anything, God wants us to have all that Christ has (Matthew 6:33, 1 Corinthians 3:21-22), He wants us to be where He is (John 12:26) and He will reward us if we serve Him diligently (Hebrews 11:6).

You see, service to God is an opportunity to get blessed. Let this blessing change the way you respond to the opportunities you have to serve God.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, please give me the grace to serve you acceptably, so I can enjoy all the blessedness of serving you. Amen.
—Dr. Emmanuel James

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