“You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.” – Romans 6:18
What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word “slave?” How would you define it?
Your definition is probably not a positive one. Throughout history, slave masters have often been portrayed as cruel or unfair. The idea of being a slave has always come with negative connotations.
Guess what? In a Christian’s life, being a slave is considered an honor! As Christians, we are slaves to a different Master – one who is full of grace. The mastery He has over us is a stronghold that every Christian rejoices in.
What We Once Were:
The truth is, we are all slaves to something. Before we were slaves to Christ, we were slaves to something else. Sin. Paul’s words to the Colossians.
“Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.” – Colossians 1:21
Slaves to sin? Yes.
So what happened?
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly…..But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:6&8
Christ intervened. That’s what happened. He intervened by giving up his life, by taking on our eternal slavery to sin by completely conquering it, ending our punishment and paying our eternally-standing debt.
What You Are Now:
When we react in faith to God’s action through Christ, we are immediately set free from the yoke and burden of sin. We are now FREE to be a slave to Christ! Although this is a somewhat contradictory statement, it illustrates the beauty of the gospel. Listen to Paul’s definition of freedom in Christ:
“But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.” – Romans 6:17-18
Jesus called us to be His children and to experience the “slavery” that he offered:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
I don’t know about you, but I would love to truly be a slave to righteousness.
What You Must Be:
Our original freedom from Sin is simply acceptance of God’s gift of grace. But our lives don’t stop there! God calls us to live a life worthy of His calling. He calls us to throw off sin and to proclaim the gospel to a world full of people who are still in slavery to sin!
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” – Luke 4:18-19
Paul, in his letter to the Colossians, gives a perfect picture of how we are to live now:
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We have been set free from the mastery of oppression and bondage to sin, and brought into a greater Mastery of new life in Christ!
We declare freedom to an enslaved generation.
So rejoice, fellow believer, and live for the Master!
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” – Galatians 5:1