“Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey–whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?” Romans 6:16
In America, and nearly all the rest of the world, slavery is looked down upon as a bad thing. People like their freedom to do what they want, when they want. Not all people believe in chaos, but all love their freedom.
Paul points out something that is very interesting. Whoever you obey, you are a slave to. This is saying that you are slave, whether you like it or not. The question comes down to who are you a slave to?
As a normal human being you start out being a slave to sin. You obey the evil desires in your heart and mind that the world puts there.
Now many will say that they are not evil. The number one sin that almost every person has to deal with is selfishness. They want to do their own thing and not what God wants. This also brings in the sin of pride. This makes a person evil. You are then a slave to sin.
All of this brings a person to a point of death. There is no life in being a slave to sin, self, and the devil.
When a person comes to Jesus, he is to change is allegiance to Him. He is now a slave to God.
As a believer in Jesus, you are to obey Him in everything. Paul pointed out that whoever you obey, you are a slave to. You lose your personal rights in following Jesus. Jesus said that if you love Him, you will obey Him. You will become His slave.
In reality, you never had any real personal rights, other than the personal right to follow either the devil or Jesus. You either follow the ways of the devil and sin, or you follow the ways of God and His righteousness.
Who are you going to follow today?
Who will you be a slave to?
Who will be your master?
As Joshua had stated, choose this day whom you will serve.
I pray today that you will choose to serve Jesus; that you will no longer be a slave to sin; that you will choose to be a slave to Jesus; that you will turn away from sin; and that you will tell others about Jesus.