What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! Romans 6:21
Very often believers turn their backs on God to go back into sin for a time. They do not deny God forever, but just for a time in order to do some sinful act.
In this passage, Paul is asking what benefit a person receives from doing this type of action.
Sinful acts bring a short-term “fun” in life. Going out and doing a sinful act may be fun for a moment, but in the end it has a heavy price tag that is no fun…death.
Things may seem fun and beneficial at the moment of doing them. An extreme example is a man who robs the bank. At the moment he is very wealthy and still free. He most likely will be caught by the police eventually and put into jail for a time. Ultimately he will stand before God and be punished for eternity if he does not repent of the sin.
Every person has their sins that they had liked doing at one time. Every sin seems to be good, fun, and worthwhile at the time. Once you become a believer, your past is now your past.
The ways you once sinned should be gone. The temptations to go back to those sins will rise up at times. Other people will attempt to get you to go back into those sins. The devil will try to get you to sin again.
Yet, as Paul says, there is no benefit doing those sinful acts. In the next few verses, he brings out that all sin does is bring about death. The wages of sin are death.
What do you want in life? Do you want a temporary fun time? Or do you want an eternity of fun?
Do you want death? Or do you want life?
Choose life. Choose to turn away from old sinful habits. Choose to be a slave to Jesus and His righteousness. Choose what will have lasting benefits that are worth it.
I pray today that you will see the choices being made in your life that turn you from Jesus; that you will choose to serve Jesus; that you will turn away from old sinful habits; and that you will be a slave to Jesus and His righteousness.