|Linda, Allie, and Dan|
This is the question Esther faces as she reads the message from her cousin Mordecai. "Will I remain in hiding and continue to identify as a pagan (as Persian 'Esther,' which means 'concealment'), or will I become 'Hadassah' (her Hebrew name) and confess I belong to God's people?"
This is Paul's captivity to Christ. "I have been set free from sin, and have become a slave to Christ." (Romans 6:18) Paul understood his new slavery not as bondage, but as freedom. "It is for freedom that Christ has set me free" (Galatians 5:1)
I am now in Christ. I am my Beloved's. Leonard Ravenhill writes:
The price is high.
God does not want partnership with us,
but ownership of us.
Why Revival Tarries (p. 42)