Romans 6 (NIV 1984)
:15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!
:16 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?
Romans 6 (Amplified)
:15What then [are we to conclude]? Shall we sin because we live not under Law but under God's favor and mercy? Certainly not!
:16Do you not know that if you continually surrender yourselves to anyone to do his will, you are the slaves of him whom you obey, whether that be to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience which leads to righteousness (right doing and right standing with God)?
“I will no longer be your slave!”
A couple of weeks ago, I shared a portion of my struggle with anorexia nervosa and bulimia – behaviors that had such control over me that they could have killed me.
Today, though I no longer struggle with starving myself, there are many things I give into that could result in death: death in the opportunities I squander due to laziness; an end to relationships I abuse by lying or being judgmental; the demise of dreams that could have come true if I had not compromised my convictions; etc.
Sin will take you further than you want to go,
Cost you more than you want to pay,
And keep you longer than you want to stay.
I don’t know who said these words originally, but according to Ed Stetzer, Ted Haggard used to say this. He probably believes it now more than ever.
Sin is always deadly.
What besetting sins are you enslaved to?
When are we going to hate sin enough to stop being its slave? What will it take to make us wise up to what really could make us happy – living the life God planned for us?
Let’s decide this week, as we continue to study Romans 6, to hate sin and choose obedience. You’ll live and sleep better.
• This week, let’s decide which entangling sin we will you no longer be slaves to; and choose to be accountable to each other (or someone we know) to help us succeed.
• How may we specifically pray for you this week?