15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 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. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. 19 I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
What is true freedom? A lot has been written about Freedom – people have lived & died for it – we all have our own definition of what freedom is & what it looks like to us – Paul sets it out here.
There’s a choice in the way we live – ignore God live our own way, choose sin – leading to things we are ashamed of & ultimately death OR choose God – His ways, leading to holiness & eternal life – & get a “whole, healed, put together life right now” (Msg).
When it’s that simple I know my choice is a no-brainer … V23 in the Message bible puts it like this; ‘ Work hard for sin your whole life & your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master’.
Thank you Father, I choose your gift.
Written by Suzie Hodgson