September 11, 2014

“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. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6.20-23 ESV)

Today and tomorrow’s devotions are a two part special looking at this powerful Scripture.

When we were lost, we were slaves to sin.  We were literally born into slavery.  Those under chains of slavery in the first few hundred years of the Colonies, and then the United States and Confederate States were sometimes treated horribly.  Even those who were treated well were still under the authority and power of another.  The Israelites under Egypt were treated horribly once they became slaves.  Slavery has happened throughout history and is still prevalent in the world today.

Slaves do not make their own decisions.  They have certain decisions they are allowed to make, but even those are the ones their masters allow them to make.  A slave is not in control is his destiny or even his life.  He cannot keep his family secure.  He cannot make plans for the future.  His master calls the shots.

Sin is a horrid slave master.  Sin caused Egyptian slave masters to be demonically punishing to the Israelites by demanding more work with fewer materials to do the work. 

In such a dark way, when sin is the slave master there is no rest.  There is no hope.  There is only futility and failure.  And eventually there is death.  The payment for our lives of sin is death.  We lose.

However, when someone is bought out of slavery to sin, he is freed from the slavery to sin.  He is not free, though.  He has been bought.  He then becomes a slave of God.  This is not the destitute circumstance of slavery found in sin.  It is as in Romans 1, in our first devotion of the month, the idea of the “δοῦλος” (the Greek word for slave) is a humbled state of total submission to your Master.  However, your new Master, being  God, is concerned for your wellbeing and for your communion with Him.  He takes you, though a slave, and adopts you into His family.

How wonderful to move from slavery to sin into being a slave of God.  Part of His family, bought and paid for.  If that is not something to meditate on today, there is nothing worthwhile in all of life.