Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. Romans 7:25
No one likes to be considered a slave. Everyone loves his freedom, freedom to be himself, think his own way and do his own things.
Yet, most people are bound to others in some form of slavery. The worker binds himself to the employer. The citizen binds himself to his government and all governmental authorities. Each one has to obey someone else or suffer consequences.
Paul realizes that he is delivered from the law of sin by Jesus Christ, but also recognizes that he is a slave to God’s law and to the law of sin.
Once a person becomes a believer, he suddenly comes into a major conflict in his life. He knows that he wants to obey God’s laws and live according to God’s ways, but at the same time he continues to follow sinful ways and habits.
Too many believers throw out God’s law, seeing it as legalism and holding onto grace alone. Living like this, they allow themselves to continue to be a slave to sin and continue to live in sinful ways, believing God will have grace upon them.
Living in this way, does not show one is striving to live for God. He is not allowing Jesus to deliver him from the slavery of sin, but remains in bondage.
Jesus has provided a way to turn away from sin. He removed the chains of sin upon the lives of a believer, setting him free. The sinful nature will still desire to turn back to sin, but the heart and mind will strive to live for God out of gratefulness of what Jesus has done. You may find yourself struggling with some sin.
Turn your focus upon Jesus and what He has done for you. Allow yourself to be a slave to God’s ways of living, rather than to the sinful ways of this world.
Do not try to live for God on your own, but be filled with His Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen you. By His Holy Spirit you can be changed from the inside out, becoming a slave to His righteousness and not to sin.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a slave to God’s laws; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; that God will break the bondage of sinful habits in your life; and that you will live a holy life unto God.