Today's Daily Bread
SLAVES TO RIGHTEOUSNESS
First, we are all slaves (15-18). There is no such thing as a casual sinner. Paul states a great principle: "when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey." We must choose carefully who we are offering ourselves to! Being a slave to sin leads to death, while being a slave to obedience leads to righteousness. A Christian can't be both. Apostle John writes, "No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him." As for the Roman believers, Paul thanked God for their heartfelt obedience to God's word. They were set free from sin and had now become slaves to righteousness.
Second, consider the benefits (19-23). There is also no such thing as standing still spiritually. As slaves to impurity, we were moving towards ever-increasing wickedness. But if we offer ourselves as slaves to righteousness, it leads to holiness. We are constantly moving one way or the other. Paul urges us to consider the benefits. Slaves to sin ultimately reap death - the wage that sinners are due. However, the benefit reaped by slaves of God is holiness and eternal life. This is the free gift of God in Christ Jesus to all who will accept it.