What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.
For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Who do we obey? Self? God? Two roads to travel in life from which to choose. Which road have we chosen?
“…to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey,...”
Do we begin each day asking; What shall I do today? Or do we begin with: This is the day the Lord has made, I shall rejoice and be glad in it. What can I do for you today, Lord?
“…you were slaves of sin, … you became slaves of righteousness….”
It is a mind-set and the manner in which we approach life that has changed when we decide for Christ and a life lived for God and His righteousness. It is how we present ourselves to Him each day, all day and night. Who’s our daddy? Who do we serve? Self or God?
Paul reminds us that the wages of sin is death. The gift of God is eternal life. One a wage for which we work, the other a gift, freely given and freely received. Both enslave us in the sense we attend to the wishes of the source. Who is our source? Who is our Daddy?
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”