Slaves to righteousness

In Church, Faith by Matt0 Comments

I was reading Romans 6 today. The chapter talks about dying and being resurrected in Christ and identifying with him in this way.  Yet I found something today I’ve not seen before…

“Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey – whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?”

-Romans 6:16

The thing that strikes me most is that the slavery spoken of here is one of choice.  We’re used to the kind of slavery that we see in movies where no choice is given and you’re simply born into a life of hardship.  However Paul says that anyone to whom you choose to offer yourself is now your master and in effect you are now slaves to that master…even though it was your idea in the first place.

In this regard, a person who is saved by grace may still be a slave to sin.  When we “offer ourselves” to sin, we allow it to be our master.  When we give in to the temptation to respond harshly, to covet, to be less than completely honest, to be selfish, etc, we place shackles on ourselves and say “Sin, I’m yours today.  Where do you want me to start?”

God help me to offer myself to you daily and not let sin have its way with me.