Who owns you?
“Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling.”
The second person the team are recorded as encountering is a woman.
She obviously had a name but her behaviour so overwhelmed her life and that of others that she was simply referred to as a female slave.
Literally Luke wrote she had a ‘pythia spirit’ which we know as ‘python’. This was steeped in their mythology and centred on a priestess serving and becoming the mouthpiece of Apollo who was the guardian of the underworld. This python spirit was known for fortune telling with an ecstatic guttural sound and perhaps that is the picture we have of this girl.
She was owned by this demonic spirit. Luke, the doctor, whose learned mind had studied medicine and was qualified to treat people who were ill, now describes something outside of physical illness, that of the spiritual. In the western culture the Church has been rocked to sleep with the fact of demonic spirits owning people. But the African Church especially know this as a daily occurrence and they also know that for a person to truly come to Christ there has to be a battle with the evil spirits. The western Church needs to wake up. The demonic want to and do own people. People do become slaves like this girl.
She was owned by other people. They were becoming rich because she was very good at what she did. People’s lives were being impacted by the accuracy of her fortune-telling. Just because it is accurate doesn’t mean it is right. Again in my culture I know of many Christians who have battled in understanding those who predict and specialise in the supernatural when it can be proven they are accurate. Of course a lot of it is clever deception and manipulation but there are many who follow the evil spirits to gain comfort in some way.
Sadly the girl was owned by the evil spirit and by people.
“Don’t let anyone own you” is not my message this morning.
You see today we are owned by Christ. Jesus has taken up residence in our lives. Paul would write in Galatians 2:20 that Christ lives in me! I own my house and I rearrange the furniture and I paint my house how I want it. Christ is in you and is rearranging and reordering your life. He does this because He owns you.
You are His slave. Amen.