Scripture to Read: Romans 6:17–18
We know all God has been teaching us over the last several weeks about His grace, which abounds beyond all people's sinfulness. Today, God gives us tremendous reasons to rejoice and be thankful for all He’s given us through Christ. Romans 6:17–18, “But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.” We start by thanking God that we are no longer slaves of sin. Let’s fully consider what God has said before we move on too quickly. He said we “WERE slaves of sin.” Don’t miss that God says we are no longer slaves of sin. We have been given this incredible freedom from sin’s power, and it’s because we chose to become obedient to God’s Word. Of course, the only way to become obedient to God’s Word is through surrendering to Christ as Lord of our lives. Being fully committed to our Lord is what it takes to walk in freedom and to live in a manner that honors our God. But don’t miss what God also points out, that we are still enslaved. We are NOT slaves of sin anymore but ARE slaves of righteousness. God wants us to clearly understand that everyone is enslaved. People are either enslaved to sin, by their choice, or to righteousness, again, by their choice. As followers of Christ, we must share this truth from God with others so they know they have a choice.
Challenge & Application
What’s the best news you took away from today’s devotion, and how will it change how you live for Christ?
How will you share what you’ve learned with others who need to know this same Truth from God’s Word?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!