Romans 6:15-19:Slaves of righteousness

15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! 16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.  Romans 6:15-19

In Christ Jesus we are simply called to be slaves of righteousness.  We are called to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and it is the Holy Spirit who will lead and guide us into all truth.  One of the ways the Holy Spirit leads us is through conviction.  When we are getting involved in something that we should not that is contradictory to God’s kingdom and His ways the Holy Spirit will convict our hearts.  It is then left in our hands whether we will be obedient or we will suppress the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Before we come to Christ we are driven in our lives by the desires of the sinful nature.  We chase after the desires of the world believing that they will fulfill the temptations that exist within us.  But the deceptiveness of sin is that the more we indulge in it, the more we place ourselves in bondage.  The more we indulge in sin the more we desire it, until if we allow it to will consume our every thought and we will simply become a vessel of darkness.

But in Jesus Christ we have been set free from the curse of sin and death.  Sin no longer has mastery over us and to be able to walk in the freedom that Jesus has purchased we must come to understand the deep truths of God’s word.  Many Christians simply rely on their feelings and the problem with this is that our feelings and emotions can be manipulated by the enemy.

I am not free because I feel free.  I am free because I understand what Jesus has done for me and what His finished work means.  I have authority not because I feel like I have authority, I have authority because I understand what the shed blood of Jesus Christ means.  As believers in Christ we need to push our feelings aside and we must base our lives on solid, fundamental truth.

God has given us His word not to just sit on the self or to only be examined on Sunday mornings, He has given us His word to be consumed and to be studied.  Just like as we indulge in sin we desire it even more, the more we indulge in God’s word and spend time in His presence, the more our hunger grows for Him and His kingdom.  This is what being a slave of righteousness means.  We are consumed with a desire for God’s kingdom and His glory.

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