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? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
I don’t feel at all like a slave! But it wouldn’t hurt me to take these words in, and to think about what Paul is saying here. If I truly have given myself up to God, I am both free (from sin and death) and a “slave to righteousness.” I do wholeheartedly wish to honor God in all I say and do. If God acted as a slave master, I would be in some serious trouble. I disobey on a fairly regular basis, if not in deed, in thought. My obedience needs more work, and I will continue to practice.
Holy Father, thank you for forgiving me over and over. My obedience is far from perfect, but I do feel it is improving. Help me continue to transform, I pray. Amen