A couple years back I started adding some posts to my blog that contained thoughts from some of the songs that were recorded by an a cappella group that I was once a part of. The group was One Voice Acappella. It was made up of good friends of mine from high school. I never finished adding all the songs. I need to go back through and add the ones that were not covers. A lot of the songs were written by members of the group although we did cover a few popular christian songs at the time. This post actually tells where everyone is now. I guess I need to check up on all these guys and make sure they’re still where I think they are. I know that Kevin has moved from Singapore to Germany.
I was just thinking about Easter and what it meant to me. I started to think about what life would have been like without Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. I would still be a slave to sin. There would be no restoration of the relationship between me and God without Jesus’ death and resurrection. I started to think of these words from the song:
Free from sin now I can begin to live my life a slave for you.
Brandon O’dell wrote this song and sang it. I think it was one of the most difficult songs for us to learn and perform. In fact, I’m not sure we sang it live much because of the hard minor chords and the fact that all nine of us really needed to be present. If one or two of us missed a concert, we didn’t have enough to cover all parts.
Have a listen: The Slave
In case you want to hear some of the other songs, check below.
By the way, here was the scripture that we attributed to this song:
“But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.” Romans 6:22
“What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, ‘Do not covet.’ But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of covetous desire. For apart from law, sin is dead. Once I was alive apart from law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death. For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death. So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good. Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! But in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it produced death in me through what was good, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful. We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do–this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God–through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.” Romans 7:7-26