Have To or Get To?

I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:19-23

Often we come to passages like this and we dread it. We think “what’s He going to require now that we’re slaves?” But that is a totally wrong way of looking at it. It’s not that we “have to” but we “get to.”


And the benefit of all this leads to holiness. I’m not sure we comprehend the significance of that – holiness leading to eternal life. The holiness comes as a result of being a slave to God. I think if we could get our minds wrapped around all of this basic theology it would change our view of God, the world, and eternal life.

In a very unusual way, being a slave to God is true freedom.

  • We’re not under the control of sin.
  • We don’t have to sin.
  • We now have an opportunity to worship the Creator.
  • We are now able to see the world through God’s eyes.
  • And every single day we can, by our witness, talk to others about this God and eternal matters.

So, today as you take on the world, remember that you are Child of the King, set free from sin, and one step closer to eternity.

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