"For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved" (2 Peter 2:19b)
This verse, in this fresh wording (to me), really stood out to me as I read it last evening. How true it is! What we allow to control our lives becomes a master to us, and we willingly become its slaves. In this chapter, the people described are slaves to corruption. But what will I be? If I allow sin to control my life, I make myself a slave to sin. If I allow bitterness and anger to control my life, I become a slave to them. But if I allow Jesus to have full control over my words, actions, attitudes, my very life, then He will be my master, and I will be His slave. Which would I rather? Do I really want to be a servant to sin, even if it does bring temporary pleasure? No indeed, I want to be a servant of Jesus Christ. Therefore I must give Him full control, full reign in my life. It is in perfect submission to God alone that I can be truly happy.