Are You Walking in Obedience to God?
Embracing Obedience Training in Your Life
by J.M. Troppello
“Christians often perceive obedience to God as some test designed just to see if we’re really committed to Him. But what if it’s really designed as God’s way of giving us what’s best for us?” – Craig Groeschel, Sr. Pastor at Life Church
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. 20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:15-23, NKJV)
“Paul highlights the principle that everyone is a slave to someone or something—whether it is a person, possession, or activity. But a Christian should be a slave to God’s righteousness. Being a slave in the ancient world meant being owned by a master. Whether slaves obeyed did not change their status as slaves; although, it would affect the relationship between slave and master (Luke 19:20-26). The question is one of obligation. A person who has been freed from sin can act as though still a slave to sin (v. 16), or that person can live as a ‘slave’ to righteousness, as a servant to a kind master who gives great rewards.” (Source: TNSB)
Verse 15 sums up this passage perfectly. Paul just got done writing in verse 14 for sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under the law but under grace. That’s why he begins verse 15 with what then? Basically, he’s saying that being under the grace of God through Jesus’s death and resurrection does not give you a license to sin all the time. Verse 18 brings everything together with the following: and having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. Paul urged the believers in verse 19 to present themselves as slaves of righteousness for holiness as opposed to how they previously presented themselves as slaves of uncleanness.
So, are you living as a slave to uncleanness or as a slave to righteousness for holiness?
That’s definitely a question I am asking myself. I hope you will ask yourself as well. Yes, God’s mercies are new every morning. He is forgiving. However, once you are a Christian – and your transformation was genuine – you should want to live a life of holiness. Of course, all of us are on different paths. We’re all works in progress. Just remember that you have a choice to live in uncleanness and as a slave to your old, sinful nature – or as a new creation in Christ, ready to submit to obedience in Christ.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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