Romans 6 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“For when you were slaves to sin, you were free from allegiance to righteousness. And what fruit was produced then from the things you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death. But now, since you have become liberated from sin and become enslaved to G_d, you have your fruit which remains in sanctification – and the end is eternal life! For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of G_d is eternal life in Messiah Yeshua, our L_rd.” Romans 6:20-23
Several years ago, Bob Dylan sang, “You gotta serve somebody.” I believe he was right. People who claim they don’t believe in G_d are lying to themselves. Idols come in many forms, and just because people don’t attach themselves to an organized religion doesn’t mean don’t worship & serve “something”.
That concept of serving “someone” is the topic of today’s chapter. Paul speaks about being a “slave to sin”. Initially, we didn’t choose to live in sin. We were born into it. The children of slaves are not born as free men. They are born into bondage as a twisted “inheritance” and considered part of their parents’ master’s property. In this same way, we have been born into the bondage of sin. Consider the apostle John’s gospel:
“Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands CONDEMNED ALREADY because they have not believed in the name of G_d’s one and only Son.” John 3:18 (emphasis mine)
There is no peculiar shame in being born into sin, because are ALL born into “condemnation”! Since that is true, that means we ALL need the salvation that comes exclusively through faith in Yeshua. “SIN” is a club we are all born into.
Now, here is something shameful: A child, born into slavery, is given the option to be free…yet, rejects it. What if another Master, One whom their “former master” must be subservient to, offers to purchase them for Himself, yet that slave chooses to not believe? Furthermore, what if that Master says He would consider that slave as if it were His child, rather than a slave?
It would be foolish and shameful to reject such an offer! Yet, that same offer is made to US through faith in Yeshua. Sadly, most people refuse that offer. Yeshua has bought us with His blood, and by the evidence of His resurrection and the power of His Ruach (Spirit), we have more than enough reason to believe!
Because people refuse to recognize they are “slaves to sin”, they consider the option to be a “slave to Yeshua” appalling. Sadly, the consequences of their self-denial have eternal consequences. Since you’ve gotta’ serve somebody, which “master” have you chosen? There is still time to choose Yeshua. “Today is the day of salvation”! 2 Corinthians 6:2b
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Daily Devotional, Tuesday, August 20, 2013