Verse of the Day Devotion: Romans 6:14
“For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” – Romans 6:14
Paul here is showing the Roman church they have a choice regarding what shall they follow. They could be either a slave to sin or to God. And the decision is based on whom they present themselves to. Let us say that we have lost everything we have, and we are given a decision between two people as to whom we will serve. One is a farmer, and the other is a building contractor. Which ever one we choose, we must obey completely, for he becomes our master. If we choose the farmer, then we submit to work in the field. If the building contractor, then in the city. We come under the rule of which ever one we choose. Paul uses the same basic analogy. “Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?” Romans 6:16.
When we become a Christian, we have made Jesus our Lord. Jesus said as much to the disciples in addressing a question asked by Peter. When Jesus came to wash his feet, and Peter said no, Jesus responded by saying if He did not wash his feet, Peter would have no part with Him. Peter responded by saying, “Lord, then wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head.” John 13:9. Then Jesus responds later by saying, “You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am.” John 13:13. Based on Jesus’ own words, He is our Lord, which also means our master.
Also, our salvation is based not on the law, by obedience to it. It is based on the grace of God. We have sinned, and because of this the law is of no affect because the law requires a perfect adherence. Grace is based on the favor and mercy of God. The law is based on works. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9. Our salvation is a gift, not something we earn. It is a gift from Him who paid the penalty for our sin.
Now, if we give ourselves to God to be His servant and obey Him in every way submitting to His commands, we are no longer a slave to sin. “But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.” Romans 6:22. This is why Paul could say in our focus verse that sin no longer is master over us. For at the time we truly commit ourselves to Christ, we renounce the mastery of sin. And if sin is no longer our master, we must not obey it, but obey Christ. This means we fight off the sin that tempts us, turning away from it and living a life pleasing to our new master, Jesus. In essence obeying Him and rejecting and fleeing our old master, sin.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.