October 13, 2018
Romans 6:22… But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.
Having been “set free from sin” does not mean we never sin.
1 John 1:8-9… If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse u from all unrighteousness.
We have been set free from the bondage of sin which demands that we respond to temptation. We are free to choose not to respond. Since Jesus has freed us, our will is aligned with God’s. Our desire is to please Him. So, you ask, “Then, why do I still struggle with sin?” I wish the answer was simple. Like, “Because you wear your hair a certain way.” or, “Because you hang out with the wrong crowd.” Actually, your crowd does impact your decisions. Jesus spent time with sinners and with Pharisees, and with ignorant crowds but He hung out with disciples. The majority of His time was spent with the 12 men He hand-picked to be the helpers with the early church. With whom do you spend the majority of your time? And it is more than time. Who do you care to look like?
Another thing about the verse above is…´”the fruit you get leads to sanctification.” Have you pondered that? The fruit in your life is not just for the benefit of others; it also leads you to sanctification. Fruit does not just hang on your branches for others to criticize or pick. It has more value than that. In the first chapter of the Bible, God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth. In fruit, we find seeds that grow and become.
What seeds are you planting? In modern terms, “What is your legacy?”
Are you more concerned about your reputation or your legacy? Reputation is for my own benefit; Legacy is for those after me. You might ask, “So what?” Did you notice that your fruit leads to sanctification which ends in eternal life? I think, many people are only interested in getting to eternal life. It like they just want to be sure the end well; by asking forgiveness at the end of a selfish life. Paul reminds us, that’s not how it works. Bear much fruit… (read john 15:2)