Friday, October 21, 2011
~ "A slave to righteousness..."
I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. (Rom 6:19)
We all suffer from the effects of slavery. Some of us are slaves to our jobs, some to our families, some even to our passions. The dictionary defines "slave" as "one who is abjectly subservient to a specified person or influence". We were all sold into slavery from the day that Adam and Eve were sent from the garden. Their actions (sin) caused our sinful nature. Our evil desires, our bondage to sin, and our love of sin come from that action. There is no escaping it. All of these things died with Christ! We are now united by faith with Him through His resurrection. We have unbroken fellowship with God and freedom from sin's hold on us.
It is impossible to be neutral. Every person has a master - it's either God or sin. "A Christian is not someone who cannot sin, but someone who is no longer a slave to sin." (Life Application Study Bible). We now have the opportunity to realize our goal - to be a slave to righteousness. Applying all the same aptitudes to righteousness that are applied to slavery cause us to see ourselves as no longer responsive to the power of the enemy and very much alive in the power of Christ! We can commit ourselves to obey Him in perfect freedom. This does not mean that we will not sin (we will - every day, over and over again). We are, however, free from the penalty of sin (death) in that we will live again in Christ!
We all sin, we all continue to make mistakes. The only time we will ever be free of sin is when we are clothed, by Jesus, with the "robe of righteousness". We are free to choose between two masters, but we are not free to adjust the consequences of our choice. Our new life, the life with God that begins on earth and continues forever with Him, comes only at the acceptance of Jesus' sacrifice for our sins. What choice have you made???