What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey —whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. Romans 6:15-18
As Americans we are quick to point out to folks that we are definitely not slaves to anyone. It’s hard to wrap your mind around the concept of being slaves to righteousness because slavery implies something bad or wicked. But Paul seems to be gleeful when it comes to this topic.
Even though this was written to be a teaching for new Believers, it’s applicable to us all. Why? We forget.
We forget that we are no longer slaves to sin.
We forget that we are new creatures.
We forget that we were bought with a price.
And thus we forget that obedience in the Christian life is not just a good idea but a willful act of submission, just as a slave in real-world terms submits to the master.
Today as you consider these words, is there anything keeping you from being a complete indentured servant to Our Master? Is there something hindering your devotion to Him?
A very important part of the Christian life is humbling ourselves before the Lord and admitting your inadequacies and failures, asking for strength and renewal, forgiveness and healing. That admission that we don’t have it all together has got to be some of the toughest parts of the Christian life at times.