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. Romans 6:22
Since the 1700s when slavery was abolished, it has been looked down as a bad thing, which it is when it is one person owning another. In today’s society, most of the world despises the idea of slavery.
The reality, though, is that every person is a slave, whether they like it or not. They are a slave to sin.
There is not one person who cannot keep from sinning. People obey the law of sin very well. Take a look at how hard it is for a person to stop doing something on their own that is sinful to God.
Ultimately the obedience to sin brings about eternal death, after starting with separation from God. The only way to stop that separation from God and prevent eternal death is belief in Jesus Christ.
Once a person believes in Jesus Christ, he is no longer a slave to sin, but becomes a slave to God. One who has been made a slave, must obey the master, or the one who owns him.
Again, in this world, there are many people who do not really like the idea of being a slave to anyone, yet, that is what a believer is. Being a slave to God means that no matter what He says, one will do it, He is the commander and head boss.
There is a great benefit to being a slave to God. That benefit is freedom from sin and being given eternal life. No longer is there a death sentence on the life of a person who believes in Jesus.
Obeying God is actually an easy thing to do. There are only two main commands that God has for every person: to love God with everything in him and to love his neighbor in the same way.
As a believer, you must not look at the commands and rules of God as being a bad thing or heavy burden. His commands are there to bring you life…eternal life. There is no greater benefit than eternal life!
Do not fight being a slave and striving to do your own thing. Being a willing, loving slave to God. Do whatever He tells you. The benefits in the end are worth it.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a slave to God; that you will obey all that God commands; and that you will know the benefits you have in Jesus.