Biblical Reflections: Romans 6:16

Romans 6:16 – Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

We all work for someone. We all have a master. Employees have managers. Students have teachers. Elected official have constituents. Even entrepreneurs have to answer to their customers. So too, everyone either serves sin or righteousness.

Freedom then comes not from doing as our passions dictate but rather as our heavenly Master dictates in His Word. Jesus said, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32). As you probably know from personal experience, we cannot serve God and His righteousness without His help, His grace. “We were dead in sins” but God has brought us to life with Christ by grace (Ephesians 2:5).

In light of this Truth, the importance of leaning upon God, His Word, and His will cannot be over emphasized. If we trust in ourselves, we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes and the same sins as before. We must exercise faith to please the Lord and take His yoke upon us. All believers were once lost, “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness ” (Romans 7:17-18). Let us set aside the desires that beset us and strive to show ourselves worthy of the name Christian.

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