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free agency

Curt Flood changed baseball forever.

In 1969, Flood was traded from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Phillies. But there was one problem: he refused to go. In fact, he went as far as to sue Major League Baseball. In 1969, there were no free agents. Players were contracted to a team for life by the reserve clause. Essentially, their career belonged to the team. His suit opened the door for players to become free agents.

Is there such a thing as a “free agent Christian”?

When a person becomes a Christ-follower, it is a voluntary decision that carries an eternal obligation. The apostle Paul put it this way: “You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

Giving your life to Jesus means giving him ownership of your life.

If you own your house, it doesn’t belong to me. I might invite myself over to watch TV, but it’s not my house. You could also kick me out … because it’s your house!

Let me be clear about something: Salvation is free. It is a gift from God. But it cost God dearly. It cost him the very life of his son.

You didn’t turn yourself in to God; he purchased you. He purchased your heart, soul, mind … and body!