A man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. — 2 Peter 2:19
“How many excuses did we have on hand for allowing sin to continually master us? “I have a weakness,” “This is my thorn in the flesh,” “I just have a big appetite,” or “I’m just a big
person.” But the truth is that the evil one was slowly devouring us, and sin was mastering us.” – Mary Nettles
What has mastered me?
Is mastery equal to slavery?
The word master here is from the Greek word kurios, that means supreme authority
So, according to these scriptures
- Although from time to time, I may struggle against emotions (anger, jealousy, etc) or things (food, shopping, habits, etc.) and allow these things to subdue me, or overcome me (believing I must have that or do that or think the craving is part of my DNA)
- It (the sin, craving, weakness) will never be the supreme authority for one who belongs to and submits to Christ.
Sin can only control me if I choose it in defiance against God my supreme authority, and its power and term are subject to my choice of master.
Choose – from etheleo – to wish for – to incline toward
Serve – strateuomai – to execute the apostolate (complete service as military or religious commitment) with its arduous duties and functions), to contend with carnal (physical – of the flesh) (urges) or inclinations
What masters me? Whatever I lean into, think on, focus on, becomes my consuming desire or craving, and that is what masters me. Whatever I feed the most.
What motivates my choice:
Craving of the body -Eccl. 6:7 We work to feed our appetites; Meanwhile our souls go hungry.
Craving of the soul – Gal. 5:16 My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness.