L. A. Marzulli
New Living Translation (NLT)
20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. 21 And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. 22 But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
This verse is incredible as it explains to us our only two options in this life; we are either slaves to sin—the nasty stuff we do habitually—or slaves to God! Here’s another way to look at it. All of us make choices, daily which affect our lives. These choices take place in our thought life, in our minds. We think on something and then act on it.
HOT DOG! You see, I just inserted a thought in your mind, as you read this and you reacted to it. What about the billboards we see, the movie poster we look at, for us guys, how about the Victoria Secret magazine which shows up in the mailbox, do we open it up and engage or do we chuck it? For you ladies, what do you do when someone starts gossiping? I think we get the point. All of this enters through our senses which we can call gates. Most of our information comes through the eye gate, what we see. Coupled with that is the ear gate, what we hear.
Peggy and I recently went to see Thor, and we walked out about half way through. Why? Because it was openly demonic in nature and we decided we didn’t need to put this garbage into our minds through the eye and ear gate. In other words our choice closed any more information coming from the movie. We then sat in the car and prayed against what we had seen and also asked for forgiveness for going in the first place.
The bottom line is this, we can either choose to keep engaging in sin, as our old self continues to rise up and clamor for attention, or we can choose to be holy. When I say holy, I’m not talking about being sin-less, because I don’t’ believe this will happen on this side of eternity, and as John puts it 1 John 1: 8 – If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. However, we can choose actions and thoughts which will keep us a way from the sin which so easily ensnare us!
This is something we have to practice and as time goes on in our Christian walk, if we are diligent, we no longer fall for the same old lies the Fallen One throws at us. We choose to live righteously. We take every thought captive!