16 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? 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
We understand being a slave to sin. We resonate with Paul in these chapters in Romans where he writes about his own struggles in the flesh (7:14-24). When we come to temptation and sin against God, we feel the grip of the flesh. We feel our propensity to sin again and again. “As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool returns to his folly” (Proverbs 26:11). Temptation and sin is powerful and addictive. It is easy to understand being a slave to sin. The Good News of the Gospel is that we’ve been set free from sin. Because of Jesus, sin has lost its power over us. The truth, however, is that we will still be slaves. We’ve been set free… and now we are slaves to righteousness.
What does it look like in my life to be a slave to righteousness? This slavery leads to holiness and the result is eternal life! (6:22) What does it look like? Well, I no longer make decisions apart from the Lordship of Jesus – He is my Master! I am addicted to His Presence and continually seek His direction. When life is difficult, I run to Him and lean into Him for endurance and wisdom. I listen and obey.
Lord Jesus, You are my Lord and I will serve no other. Forgive me when I have acted apart from Your leading. I need You everyday. Thank You for this grace and love. I live in it today… and I love You.