Wages and Gifts–Romans 6 Final

Men were created with an innate desire to serve someone.  Since the fall of man, people have done all manners of evil in the name of serving someone.  It was often selfish—helping themselves to other’s things, other’s lives and others freedom.  Sometimes that was through war, sometimes through rape and pillaging and sometimes just individual crime and graft.

 But, also there has been a group that has desired to serve God and live lives that are selfless.  In them, there is purpose, peace and blessing.  When Christ came and died, he freed men from the slavery of the Law and slavery to the entanglement of sinful desires and selfishness.  He gave us, as a free gift, an opportunity to follow him freely and without the chains of the world.  There would never be a price tag—simply because the gift was too valuable to earn.  God made himself the price tag.  He came and died—then broke death’s bond to offer us the freedom of eternal life– if we would simply trust and follow him.

 It then becomes our choice—do we take what we deserve—Slavery to sin and selfishness; or, do we accept the free gift God offers and trust and follow him?  The former offers an empty life on earth and eternal separation from all that is good and Holy for eternity.  The latter offers peace and purpose here and eternity with the Lord that loves us and gave himself for us.  Seems like an easy choice to me.

God Bless You

I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[b] Christ Jesus our Lord.

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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