Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life. (Romans 6:13)
Imagine that you were out in the community and ran into a former boss—someone you worked for years ago, but you have long since left that company. If that person came up to you today and said that you are expected to work overtime this weekend, how would you respond? My first answer would likely be, “I don’t work for you anymore!” And then I might ask, “Are you sure you’re feeling OK?”
I think we would all respond in pretty much the same way. When you were working for your former boss, you had to do what he or she told you to do, but now you have moved on to another position, and you no longer take orders from your previous boss. That person has lost all authority over you.
The very same thing is true for you in the spiritual realm after you became a Christian. Before Jesus raised you from death to life, you were a servant—a slave, really—to sin. Sin was your boss, your master. But once God gave you the gifts of repentance and faith, you were set free from your old boss; you are now under the authority of your new boss, the Lord Jesus Christ. You have, by grace through faith, been moved on to your new position in Christ, and sin no longer has authority over you.
Paul set this truth before us beautifully:
Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves to the one 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 have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. (Romans 6:16-18)
When was the last time you took orders from your former boss? When was the last time you marched to the beat of your past master’s drum? We all do this from time to time, because we are all still sinners in need of a Savior, and we succumb to temptation and our former practice of sin. But we must always remember that we now have a new Master, who is seated in heaven. Jesus is Lord; He has complete authority over you to command whatever He wants of you in order to advance the cause of His kingdom and bring honor and glory to His name. And because He died for you in order to save you for His service, there is nothing you should withhold from Him in terms of willing, joyful obedience . . . nothing.
Today’s verse challenges us to remember whose we are, regardless of where we go and what we do. Remembering who our true Boss is will go a long way in helping us to follow His marching orders . . . and ignore the voice of our former boss.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!