A Firm And Sure Promise
Read Romans Chapter 6
Ro 6:17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. 19 I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery 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 to 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 Christ Jesus our Lord.
There is a lot to digest within these few verses. But we will only focus on one point today. What I want us to get from today’s topic is, that we have the ability to make choices. Paul stated that point very clearly, in more than one verse.
- “You have been set free from sin” (Verse 18). – We no longer can say, as the unbeliever can, that we ‘can’t help it.’ The unbeliever can say it, but not the believer. We have been given the power to overcome. We have been given the ability to say “no” to sin.
- “Offer the parts of your body in slavery to righteousness” (Verse 19). – We most assuredly have the ability to choose to do this. Paul’s message is simple: “You used to regularly choose to indulge in sin, now you are free to choose to seek and obtain righteousness.”
- “When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness” (Verse 20). The main part of that verse is the latter part. You and I are now under the control of righteousness. This is another clear message that we have the ability to choose righteousness when temptation arises. Not only that, but we can choose to pursue righteousness all the time, not just when we are faced with options. If we do that, temptations will have less allurement.
Here are two more passages which show that we are free to choose righteousness.
Tit 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.
1Pe 4:3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.
We can no longer allow ourselves excuses when we fall into sin. There are no excuses. We simply chose wrongly.
Prayer: Forgive us for attempting to find excuses for our failures. We know there are none, but we live in a society where all bad things are someone else’s fault, or is the fault of the culture in which we live. Remind us of this truth every day, and help us to choose to seek righteousness every minute of every day.