Reading: Romans 6: 15-23
Verse 22: Now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.
Paul begins by proposing the idea that we are either a slave to sin or a slave to God. The slave analogy implies a complete obedience of free will. Yes, we may choose to sin. Or we may choose to be obedient to God. But once the choice is made, we become as a slave – doing the total will of either sin or of God. It is the first of two stark contrasts in today’s passage.
Paul continues on to share the results of our choice. If we choose sin, then this choice leads to death. If we choose God, then our choice leads to life. This is a sharp contrast: life or death. To help us in our decision, we are entrusted to teaching that helps us make the correct choice. This is really what life is all about – we learn so that we can make an informed decision. As we learn and grow in our faith the choice to be obedient to God becomes an easier choice in the daily decisions we face. Paul rejoices in the result of good Christian teaching as he writes, “You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness”.
As our passage draws to a close, Paul writes of the reality we all deal with every day. He writes that we are weak and that we used to be slaves to sin. We are weak. Each and every day we must choose to follow God. However, it is not a choice we make one day and then never face again. Each day and each hour and sometimes each second, Satan is right there pushing the choice to sin. It is a constant battle. In the big sense, though, our choice is life or death. As Christians we have made the choice. In verse 22 Paul writes, “Now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life”. It is a wonderful gift of God.
This day may we each make the choice to be freed from sin, to be slaves to God, and to live a holy life which one day leads to eternal life.