15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16 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? 17 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 teachingthat has now claimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
I am justified through the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.
I am being sanctified daily through the work of the Holy Spirit.
Yet I struggle to break free from slavery to sin.
And I long to lay my life down in full obedience to Christ.
I read this in a book today, and it scares me, “Sin is a serious matter. Though set free from it, we can in effect become its slaves again if we give ourselves to it.” (Douglas J. Moo, NIV Application Commentary, 210) I know the reality of this all too well, and I hope and pray that I can wholeheartedly pursue obedience and righteousness.
LORD, help me. Help me be more like you and less like my old nature. I must decrease and you must increase. Amen.