October 8, 2014

Romans 6:16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey – whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?

This is a very logical point, but many people don’t want to recognize it. They even find “BDSM” exciting and sexy, when it is a terrible deception of the devil. We were given free will by our Creator, but that free will is really to choose whom we will obey. When we are rebellious toward God, we are choosing to be obedient to the devil. When we resist the devil and refuse to give in to his schemes, we are choosing to be obedient to God. (James 4:7) Actually the order is backward, because it is when we choose to be obedient to God that we are able to resist the devil and not give in to his schemes. Much of the time we give the devil too much credit, and in so doing we give him power. He really only has as much power as we allow him, if we are committed to Jesus Christ as Lord. As the Bible says clearly, the One who is in us is greater than the devil by any measure. (1 John 4:4) We have a very perverse tendency that the minute something is forbidden, we want it. We see that in little children all the time, and if we’re honest, we see it in ourselves. It’s the origin of the proverb, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” It is only in Christ that we are set free to no longer feel compelled to disobey God. That doesn’t mean we won’t have the impulse at times, but rather that we become able to resist it. (1 Corinthians 10:13) We don’t like Paul’s terminology here – slavery is certainly not politically correct – but honesty should compel us to acknowledge its accuracy.

Again, this is the story of my life. There have been times when I have offered myself to obey sin, and the result has never been good. Offering myself to God is much more satisfying! I try to share this truth with others, but much of the time I get push-back. I must be careful not to come across as the one requiring the obedience. There are legalistic churches that seem very much that way. I am also to make it as clear as I can that God’s commands are for our good, and they are not burdensome. (1 John 5:3) The devil is forever telling us that God’s requirements are a pain and/or impossible, but that’s just another of his lies. I am to seek the wisdom of God and the anointing of His Spirit to communicate His truth to as many as will receive it, so that they may be set free. (John 8:32)

P: Father, thank You for Your incredible patience and mercy toward me. Help me extend that patience and mercy toward those around me so that they too may be drawn into Your family, to walk in daily intimacy with you as Your children as well as Your servants, for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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