Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?
Beginning in Romans 6:15, Paul shared with us an eternal principle. He asked, “Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be!” Then in verse 16, he explained a very unpopular truth. “Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?” Paul was saying, “Do you not know you are a slave to someone?” Not one of you reading this is free to do whatever you want to do. Oh, you may think you are free. But you are not free. You are a slave to something and to someone. It is not a question of whether you are somebody’s slave. The only question is, whose slave are you?
In 2 Peter 2:19, Peter said, “By what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.” Do you want to know what your master in life is? It is very simple: your master is whatever you cannot say no to. What is there in your life that you cannot say no to? Is it a habit, a way of thinking, a relationship, an addiction? Whatever you cannot say no to is the master of your life.
The Bible says we are all serving something and someone. We are either slaves of sin and Satan, or we are slaves of righteousness and Jesus Christ. No man can serve two masters, Jesus said. We are all serving one master. We are either serving Satan, who is so brilliant he makes us think we are free when we are actually serving him, or we are serving Jesus Christ. We are either serving Satan, or we are serving the Savior.
Many people who are not Christians say, “I don’t want to become a Christian, because I don’t want to give up my freedom.” Have you heard that before? The truth is, they are not free; they just think they are free. They are slaves to their habits, to their thoughts, to their lifestyles. Maybe one day they decide they are sick of living the way they are, and they make a new resolve and go to some program. They say, “I am going to change my way of living,” and they start walking in a brand-new direction–and then what does Satan do? He yanks the chain as hard as he can. He stops them dead in their tracks and says, “Where do you think you are going? Don’t you realize you belong to me?” And he lures them back into their old way of life. No man can serve two masters, but we all serve one master. The non-Christian is a slave of sin and of Satan; but when we become a Christian, we choose a new master. We choose a new way of life.
Today’s devotion is excerpted from “Take Me to Your Master” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2014.
Scripture quotations are taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.