Whom do you obey? Your sinful self? Or God’s Word?
Romans 6:16 ” Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?”
Oh, how easy it is to obey our human urges, to give into our desires without thought. But Paul warns us it leads to death. Separation from God. Bondage to the Father of Lies. Doesn’t that sound…heart-warming?
Paul goes on to say that God has given us the gift of His son…
Romans 6:17-23 “But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves ofrighteousness for holiness.
20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Delivered. Set free. Slaves of righteousness for holiness. Set free. Slave of God. Holiness as fruit. Everlasting life. Gift of God: Eternal life.
He has a plan for me, for you. He is faithful to complete it. In His plan, we are delivered. Not just from our past sins, but our current ones, our future ones. We are delivered from that which binds us, holding us captive. Lusts, temptations, addictions, distractions, sins of all types. In being set free, we are free to obey Him. Be slaves to His Word, to righteousness. Receivers of eternal life.
Oh, how wonderful my God is…I am humbled that He would seek me out, number my days and hold me in His hands. Cherishing me. Loving me.
I will obey, and give thanks.
I will say yes, even when it’s hard.
I will submit, though I may not see why.