Slaves to Righteousness

Jessica Heikoop

READ : Romans 6:1-23

You are slaves of the one whom you obey. (v. 16)

Bob Dylan sang, “You gotta serve somebody. It may be the devil, or it may be the Lord,
but you’re gonna have to serve somebody.” This is a New Testament principle. In Romans 6
the apostle says that we are all slaves to something, either slaves to sin or slaves to

Paul explains that as we have been baptized into Christ, our old self was “put to
death” in the sense that we now walk in newness of life. Through Christ we have been set
free from the bondage of sin and therefore are no longer slaves to it. Our “slavery” now
comes in a different form; as Paul says, we are to present ourselves “as slaves to
righteousness” (v. 19).

“Slaves of Christ” are also “slaves to righteousness.” As we grow closer to him and get
to know him better, to love him more, we will also become more like him. It is important
for us to remember that we are “slaves to whom we obey, either of sin, which leads to
death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness” (v. 16). Because of our life in
Christ, we can be set free from our slavery to sin and become slaves to righteousness “and
its end, eternal life” (v. 22). Slavery, in the gospel sense, is the only way to
experience life to the fullest.


Lord, we praise you that through you we are no longer slaves to sin.