Slave of Christ #204

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? (Romans 6:16)

The apostle of Christ presents this truism to emphasize the Christian’s new life in Christ: We are all slaves to what we choose to obey. When you became a Christian you presented yourself to God to serve righteousness; you are no longer to be a slave to sin (Rom. 6:6-7, 13). Being a Christian does not make you immune from sin. If you choose to practice sin you will die, for “the wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23). The Christian walks “in newness of life” and puts away the old person of sin (Rom. 6:4-6). Each day, be a bondservant or slave of Christ by obeying Him and serving righteousness. The result of your holy life will be God’s gift of “eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:22-23).