Wednesday, October 17
15 What then? Should we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? Absolutely not! 16 Don’t you know that if you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of that one you obey — either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But thank God that, although you used to be slaves of sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching to which you were handed over, 18 and having been set free from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. 19 I am using a human analogy because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you offered the parts of yourselves as slaves to impurity, and to greater and greater lawlessness, so now offer them as slaves to righteousness, which results in sanctification. 20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free with regard to righteousness. 21 So what fruit was produced then from the things you are now ashamed of? The outcome of those things is death. 22 But now, since you have been set free from sin and have become enslaved to God, you have your fruit, which results in sanctification — and the outcome is eternal life! 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Paul is continuing to press into the idea of living free from sin and it’s effects. He’s already been clear that living in habitual sin isn’t compatible in the life of someone who’s been changed by grace. Now he’s reiterating that, even though we’re still broken, we don’t even have to dabble in sin. One of the powerful word’s Paul uses to describe our relationship to sin is “slaves.” One definition of a slave is, "One who serves his master to the disregard of his own interests.” Before Jesus, we were slaves to the sin to such an extreme point that we would obey the sinful desires inside of us with no regard for how it was hurting us. Paul then highlights that as Christians we are now “slaves to righteousness.” If we obeyed sin when we were enslaved to it, that means that we now obey God and His righteousness. This idea of being a “slave to God” is the beautiful tension of the gospel that we live in. Being a slave to God doesn’t mean being in bondage the same way we were when we were slaves to sin. Being a slave to God is the same as being a slave, or bound, to freedom!
Because we are now bound to God, His grace, and His standards we are intended to live free from the lesser things that the world has to offer us. What lesser things of the world are you living for when you should be living for the abundant things God has to offer you? Remember, no matter how tempting it looks the world can only offer you pain and hurt. God’s offer is for you to be bound to freedom and bound to eternal life.
God, set me free from any and every sin that binds me and instead bind me to your freedom and righteousness!
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Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
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