having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. (Romans
you were a Christian you were a slave, in to sin. Even when you did not want to
sin, you were unable to do otherwise (Rom. 7:15–24). When God saved you, He
freed you from sin, but you remained a slave. Now, rather than being bound to
sin, you are bound to righteousness. In every area of your life you are
obligated to do what honors God.
are some who believe that when Christ sets them free, they are free to do
whatever they want. That is not so. The apostle Paul realized that when he
began following Christ he became a “bondservant” of Christ, and his life was no
longer his own (Rom. 1:1). Now, rather than being enslaved to sin, he was
enslaved to God and His righteousness. When people mistreated him, he had
forfeited the right to respond from his natural feelings but was compelled to offer
a righteous response. When he was tempted, he was no longer free to succumb to
his feelings. Paul could not enter the workplace and act selfishly. He
understood that, as a slave of righteousness, he was obligated to live a holy
life, honoring his Master.
living is not an option for a Christian. Nor is it something we must try to do
over time. It is an obligation, mandatory for every child of God. Our freedom
in Christ is not freedom to do what we want. It is freedom to live righteously,
something we could not do when we were in to sin. Now that we are free to live
righteously, we must allow the Holy Spirit to produce in us a holy, sanctified
life (1 John 3:7).