Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? — Romans 6:16
We are all slaves of something.
Caffeine. News. Debt. Media. Work. Money. Phones. Gaming. Internet. You name it.
But what's interesting in this text is that Paul suggests there are only two categories of slavery — slavery to sin or slavery to righteousness. That's it. Notice there is no third option. There is no "free to whatever you want" option where we are not slaves. Where we have boundless freedom to do whatever ever want. Or is there? I think this is what is most insidious about sin. It sells on the appearance of boundless freedom. We sin thinking we can do whatever we want until we realize we have become slaves of our own vices. And these vices have now destroyed our lives and relationships to the point we reap the bondage of the enslavement to our freedom — a.k.a. sin and disobedience that results in death.
It's not until this point that we discover there is no such thing as freedom. Instead, the only true freedom is from sin found in slavery to the right master. A master who is righteous in all his ways and wants a righteous life for us — this master, of course, is God.
Today in that appearance of freedom, remember there is no such thing as "free" choices — it's a choice for obedience or a choice for disobedience. And remember, as you choose, you are choosing to enslave yourself to a master. And this, like all choices, begins with one choice. The choice to submit your life to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Listen to these words of Joshua in Joshua 24:15, who makes this same point:
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
ASK THIS: Are you ready to make God your Lord and Savior today?
DO THIS: If so, write this in the comments below. "Today, I choose to submit my life to the good master Jesus Christ."
PRAY THIS: God, thank you for reducing me from slavery to this world and disobedience. I give my life freely to you.
PLAY THIS: No Longer Slaves.
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