Read Romans 6:15-18.
“You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.” (Rom. 6:18)
Many Christians grasp the meaning of the first half of that verse. They revel in the freedom they trust the Lord has given them from all their sin and shame. They are liberated people and their joy and peace says that to everyone who knows them.
Many other believers understand the last half of that verse. They realize the living out of Christian faith is a deadly serious business. When God says he owns them now and they’re no longer to be about living life after their own will, they get it. Their singlemindedness and purposefulness heralds to all that they belong to God.
But few Christians, at least it seems to me, capture a good balance of both parts of this word from God. And yet, without that balance, we become only “half religious.” We cannot become holy, what God would wholly have us to be. Could it be that it’s right here at this point that Satan uses his crowbar best as he works it back and forth in our minds?
But we must not listen to him; we must listen to God’s Holy Spirit. We do not have to choose between joy and obedience. We must not choose between freedom and servanthood. We dare not separate what God has joined together.
Father God, you have claimed my allegiance now. So make me your slave, a slave that understands grace. Remind me often of what I am no longer under, all the while showing me how to offer more of myself to you. For you are my righteousness and life and you are the One who has set me free from the weights of the law and sin through your Son, in whose name I pray. Amen.