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
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.