What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. 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. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 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. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:15-23 NIV
We are all slaves to something or someone. We are either slaves to our own way or to someone else's. This passage kind of makes me think of a person who lives on the streets with nothing. He is a slave to just surviving and everything is about finding a place to stay dry and food to eat. He has no job so he just scratches for whatever he can find, his wages are leading him to nothing. But then an executive of a big firm goes to Him and says, I see some great potential in you, will you come to work for me? Now he is earning wages that will give him a new and better life than He could have ever hoped for. He works hard, not because he wants a job, the job was given to him, rather out of gratitude to the one who gave him a job.
I was that person, my only thoughts were about what I wanted for myself. I thought I could be happy with going after the pleasures of this life but my wages were only leading me to ruin. Then someone came and offered me the gift of real life, the gift of righteousness. I have a real good friend and we were talking about this and what it meant. Now that we have been given this gift and we are no longer slaves to sin and have died to self does this mean it is no longer about us. I try not to think about this too much. Thinking I may find out I am still thinking it's about me and I've been told I am supposed to be dead to myself. I am to take up my cross and follow Jesus. So does that mean it is no longer about me?
No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah ; for the Lord will take delight in you, and your land will be married. As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.
Isaiah 62:4-5 NIV
Hephzibah means, my desire is in her. This is just one of many verses in the bible that talk about how God delights over his people. So it really is about me and each one who has been given this gift. It's true we are no longer slaves to our own desires but we are slaves to God and His desires, which is us, he desires you and me. I think about God desiring me and how could I not want to do everything I possibly can for the one who loves me and has given me everything. I don't do it in order to gain something that has already been given to me, I do it because of His love and desire for me.
by Ken Edgerly