The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 6:18, “Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.” Once we accept Christ as our Savior, we become a new creation and sin has no rule over us. Yes, on occasion when we refuse to obey God, sin will enter into the equation, but God in His grace knows that if we are true believers, we will ask for forgiveness and our relationship to Him will be restored.
What is this life of sin we’ve been set free from? It’s our sinful nature, and Galatians 5: 19-21 describes it like this: “When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these.” God says this is not the kind of life that will get us into heaven. Nor is it the lifestyle of a true believers here on earth.
But Galatians 5 also shows us the lifestyle of the righteous who are in Christ Jesus. In contrast to a life of sin, we see the life of the righteous described as this: “…love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self- control.” These qualities exist only in the true believer of Christ. Strange as it may sound, we are now enslaved to these things, which is good, because we are no longer enslaved to the sinful nature.
The Scriptures are clear on what happens when we give our lives to Christ. We will no longer live for self—but for Christ. He has set us free from sin and made us slaves to righteous living.
Ask yourself: Who would you rather be a slave to? Righteous living or the sinful nature?