Free in righteousness
For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.Romans 6:20-21 (ESV)
Romans chapter six contrasts slaves to sin against what Paul refers to as slaves to righteousness. Righteousness results in life whereas sin results in death. In verse 21, Paul asks what benefits did you gain from the sin that enslaved you? We lived a life that we would now be ashamed to admit.
We all have dealt with an unhealthy obsession at least once in our life. Whether it was over a job, a significant other, or a hobby, there was always something we exerted all of our focus on. Sometimes we did not realize it was something that became an obsession.
God can convict us of our problems and convince us to take a step back. He reveals that joy was not in things, but in a relationship with Him. Living for God not only brings us joy, but it also prevents us from doing things we will later be ashamed of and that will bring us death.
Sin begins as pleasurable, but soon becomes a habit or an addiction. It then becomes something we do on impulse or out of necessity and can sometimes literally bring about our death. As Paul states in verse 23, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.”
The good news is that everyone can receive that gift from God. Everyone has a chance to inherit eternal life. All we have to do is believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and live out our days honoring Him. Instead of obsessing over something menial and worthless, focus more on the things above. Instead of being a slave to sin, serve the Lord of all Creation and experience true joy and satisfaction.
This week, look at your life and see what may not be healthy in it. Then pray to the Lord and ask Him to take that from you. Ask God to give you freedom and release you from the hold of unhealthy things in your life.