Monday, May 20, 2013

Slaves of Righteousness in the Land of the Free

America. The land of the free.

America. A land of freedom of religion.
America. A land of freedom of speech.
America. A land of freedom of press.
America. A land of freedom of peaceful assembly.
America. A land of freedom of petitions to government for redressing of grievances.
(It's all in the first amendment)

America. A land where I'm a slave of righteousness.

Romans 6:15-23

We are the slaves of what we obey. If  we obey sin, we're slaves to sin. If we obey God, we're slaves to God.
Slavery to sin leads to death.
Slavery to obedience leads to righteousness.
We are to obey God's teachings. He is to have our allegiance.
We are freed from slavery to sin.
We are slaves of righteousness.

We are to submit to the control of righteousness.
We are not to be slaves to sin, wickedness, or impurity (which leads to death).
We are to be slaves to righteousness/holiness/God (which leads to the gift of eternal life).

Matthew 6:24
Who is our Master? Is God? Is Money/Sin?
We are to submit to God.
The World says "I'm my own master." but Christians recognize God as their master. To choose to be *my* master is to be a slave to sin. To choose God as my master is to be a slave to righteousness. One person you work for has your top allegiance. In your life, who (or what) has your top allegiance? God? Family? Friends? Work? Sin?

Freedom is sort of a big deal in America. People claim it and proclaim it. Self-employed people can boast that they are their own boss. Yet the thing for Christians to celebrate is choosing to be a slave to righteousness. God freed us from enslavement from sin, but then asks us to submit to being slaves of righteousness. (The irony is when you choose to be a slave of righteousness, that's when you really become free).

Who is my master according to my words?
Who is my master according to my actions?

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