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September 27, 2020: I Obey Who? - Pastor Perry Windecker

Updated: Oct 1


“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).


I can remember in high school I had a friend that had his own agenda, so to speak. He was set on getting the best grades and determined to get scholarships and into college. See none of us grew up with much and he saw this path as his way up and out. He devoted himself to it. In the process he alienated and walked on many others. He was so focused on it that nothing else mattered, it became his master, it ruled over him.


In this way my friend’s desires became his master, as Paul writes “Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey.” Paul is speaking here to Christians, those that had already heard the teachings of Christ and had given themselves to Him. That is why he said, “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.” So why then does he mention this warning, why does he ask the original question- should we keep on sinning? If we have been freed from the slavery of sin, why ask?


Well we may have been freed, but just like many things we still have a choice. There is still such a thing as personal sin, as “a voluntary violation of a known law of God by a morally responsible person.” People freed from sin can still chose to allow it to master them again—and the “wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” So, Paul is urging us as followers of Christ to watch out, to make sure we, “now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness.” To follow the ways of sanctification and transformation to become more Christlike by obeying the right Master. The Master that leaders to eternal life and not death.


Paul is also telling us we obey the one we focus on. So, if we focus on Jesus and the goodness and holiness instead of what we should not do we allow holiness and the gift of the Holy Spirit to master us instead of sin.


Questions


So, where is your focus?


Who do you obey?


What choices are you making that tell you who you’re a slave too?


Thank you, Pastor Perry



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