Scripture: Romans 6:
15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16 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? 17 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. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
Observation: We are a slave to something, either sin or righteousness, we are a slave to someone, either the Devil, or God, the question is not whether or not we are slaves, “Who is your master?” that is the question.
Application: We have talked before as we’ve looked into the teachings of Romans about how nothing we can do will purchase our salvation, its not about our good works, rather we know that its about God’s grace for us. Here we find that we are no longer under the law, but under grace, but does that mean we are free to wallow in sin and live our lives in any manner we please? That is the natural conclusion when you continue traveling down the road that the statement puts you on. If we are no longer under the law, but under grace, then our actions have no consequences right? No, Paul says “By no means!”
Once we were slaves to sin, and we could not help but to be controlled by it. But now because of God’s grace, we have been freed from the chains that sin had us wrapped up in. We are no longer to be slaves of sin, but rather now we are slaves of righteousness, we are bound to do good rather than evil, we have traded our allegiance from the prince of the powers of this world (the Devil) to The Creator God of all the universe. We answer now to a higher power, and should do all in our power to follow the path that He has set our feet upon.
It doesn’t mean that sin doesn’t still show up in our lives, because it most certainly will. But we should no longer embrace it, we should no longer surrender ourselves to it, because we are no longer slaves of sin. Now we must be obedient to God and seek to do his will every day. The Hold that sin had on us is broken, the punishment for our sins is paid, the foothold in our hearts that sin had established has been over run by The Spirit of The Most High God! Hallelujah!
Prayer: Abba Father,
Help me to remain steadfast in my obedience to you, help me to serve you as a slave to righteousness and when I see sin in my life, help me to know that I am no longer bound by it. I am no longer a slave to it, because you have set me free!
Yield: I surrender the chains with which sin had me bound.