Regardless of how we were before we met Christ, we all begin washed, sanctified and justified in Him.
19 Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the life of those who get it. 33 “but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”
Yesterday, we answered the question of why Christ had to die. He died so that God could pour His amazing grace on us as Christ comes to live in our hearts! Today, let’s discuss what comes next. Let’s find out where we came from:
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
As I look at this list, I think we all fit into the “idolaters” category, don’t you? So, we all begin at the same place with Christ: We are all sinners. Now, the blood of Jesus washes everyone clean and puts everyone on the same plane as sons of God (see Romans 8:16).
But, we all have been created to serve. Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve two masters.” Paul puts it this way,
Romans 6:17-18 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.
He then goes on to say, “So now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness.” We know that holiness means being like God as we are transformed into the image of His Son (Romans 8:29). So, then, we are headed to Christlikeness as we serve in righteousness.
Today, let’s not let sin reign in our mortal bodies so that we obey its evil desires (Romans 6:12), but let’s offer ourselves as instruments of righteousness (v13). “For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” (v14).
Abba, May we all live according to Your grace. Make it plain to us as we read Your Word, listen for Your voice, and follow You as we go about our day. We are Your humble servants. Amen.