“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? But thanks be to God that, through you used to be slaves of sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves of righteousness.” Romans 6:16-18
Who do you listen to? Who do you respect? Who do you think about the most, or spend the most time with?
In 2008, I’m afraid that a lot of us are suffering from slavery of a different kind, technological slavery. I too, am struggling with it. Wait, you say, technology isn’t a “sin” is it? It doesn’t have to be, but for many of us, it becomes a sin. Sin is anything that takes the place of God, even if it’s just for a moment. Where do you go to relax? Where do you go to unwind? Where do you go to be comforted? Where do you go to entertain yourself?
Can you honestly say you are a slave to righteousness?
We’re SUPPOSED TO BE DIFFERENT as Christians. Many of us are like “well, you know, I stopped doing drugs, I stopped drinking-therefore, I don’t struggle with sin.” Perhaps there’s a lot more to sin then we think there is. Perhaps our definition of sin is far too narrow.
Obsessions. They have a way of appearing so innocent, and before you know it, they have their hands on your neck, and they are squeezing the life out of you. No-you cannot be perfect, but I’m talking about the parts of our lives that are habitually against Him.
Jesus had a point when he said that you “can’t serve two masters.” Who are your masters?
What if we just all walked away from the things controlling us and threw ourselves into the sea of His fame and His glory? What if we dropped everything that stands in the way of our relationship with Him, and ran to spend more time with God, and more time with the people in our lives?
Slaves to righteousness.