Written by His Grace,

Kevin K. O’Connor 

Sep. 21, 2004

 

Main thought: to examine the thought that like it or not we are slaves to something.

 

Slaves of Righteousness

 

Romans 6:15-17 15What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey--whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted.

 

Praise God for passionate hearts! People who find no pleasure in doing things half hearted or half way, but who find joy in giving all of themselves into what they do. For such God is looking to reign with Him through all eternity. If you are such a soul and haven’t been arrested by the Almighty yet, watch out because He has your number. Paul was such a soul and was all for the killing of Christians in his day because he thought it was for a righteous cause. All God had to do to turn him in the right direction was to show up! God’s heart though takes no pleasure in laziness. Laziness must appear to Him like a cancer whose only purpose is to feed itself and thus sap life away from the good cells around it. Those who sit on the sidelines of life and argue with their mouths how we shouldn’t take up arms and fight for our freedoms are like cancer cells trying to protect their own little world of quiet which they only have because others gave their lives for them to have the liberty to protest. Praise God for the right to speak our hearts, but more importantly to live them. Paul was a person of action and not just talk which is one very important trait that God found very desirable. How each one of us need to realize that there are only two sides of our existence, right and wrong, God and satan, good and evil. So what makes the gray areas between these? Not being whole hearted for one or the other. God is a God of passion and conviction. His heart takes pleasure in those who are of the same attitude but loathes complacency. We are so quick to try and tone down the passion of those around us only because it causes our lack of passion to stand out like a sore thumb. It seems that our hearts were made to be whole hearted in whatever we do because we find pleasure in doing so. Runners find a high in running, Body builders in working out, Sports fans in yelling their lungs out. No wonder Christ told us that the greatest commandment was to Love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Because, only in loving Him this way is there fullness of joy. The human heart was not meant to give pieces of itself, just ask anyone who has a loved someone who was not faithful to them. The heart was meant to be passionate and total in its giving. Satan is the one who whispers his lies into our hearts that we can find fulfillment through giving our hearts to many different places. Though the arrogance and sinfulness of man is tempted to, it only leads to being incomplete in any relationship. Look at the first relationship between Adam, Eve, and God. It was perfect and without sin. Perfect in every respect but then along came satan with his lies and said (paraphrased) is God really God and does He really know what He is saying? Thus the wicked pride of man took it and ran with it and look where it took the relationship he was enjoying. We’re still doing it today and if not with God, we’re doing it with those we’ve pledged all of our lives to. Then there are those who say to themselves “I just won’t make the pledge of loving anyone” and yet they still say it with their actions when they give their hearts away through the intimate act of intercourse. As much as some would like to treat that most beautiful expression of intimacy between a man and a woman like some common expression that lacks dedication and consecration, they are sadly mistaken. The depth of man’s heart expressed through intimacy was not meant to be taken lightly. But, the bottom line is we live in these bodies and the depth of intimacy that reaches beyond the flesh into who we are is the most rewarding and fulfilling intimacy we can experience. How very sad to live a shallow existence, a life that is only skin deep. People, who try to fill the void in their hearts through others, themselves, or things, will find that the void in their hearts just seems to grow. It’s kind of like trying to fill the Grand Canyon by throwing one small stone in after another. It’s just not going to happen. 100 percent efficiency means you get out exactly what you put in. In other words, there is no wasted energy. Kind of like a boomerang you throw out and it returns to you. Most of us like to see our efforts produce results which just encourages us to keep the efforts going out. Every time we live for ourselves, others, or things, that energy of ourselves becomes wasted for everything in this life is but for a moment. But, if we can learn how to look beyond ourselves into eternity and realize that The Creator created us for His purposes, than everything we do begins to take on a new meaning and purpose. When we begin to look beyond the veil of the temporary things of this life to the One who gives us each breath of life we breathe, then each step we take will have purpose and destiny behind them. What drives you? Is it your next meal, your next physical sensation, what others think of you, your temporary wealth? Or is it something that cannot be seen or measured by the heart or mind of man. We were created by the eternal, Almighty God and the depths of our hearts cry out to be filled by Him Who alone can fill that void. We’re all slaves to something or someone. For we were and are created and no amount of our own efforts or self will is going to change that fact. The only thing we can change is the direction we are going to take with what has been given us. Adam and Eve had a choice and they chose their own way. The majority of this world will do the same. But the choice is still yours and no one else’s. That is one thing that is sacred to each human being that nothing can take away. Romans 8:37-39 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[1] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Only we and we alone can give that right away like Esau of old; Genesis 25:30-34 30 He said to Jacob, "Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I'm famished!" (That is why he was also called Edom. [1] ) 31 Jacob replied, "First sell me your birthright." 32 "Look, I am about to die," Esau said. "What good is the birthright to me?" 33 But Jacob said, "Swear to me first." So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright. Esau, like many in this world can only see the momentary pleasures of this existence and cannot see beyond this life into eternity. Each and every one of us is very dear and precious to the One Who created us and Who loves us very much. How His heart aches for us to listen to His Word so that the part of us which is eternal will awaken from our slumber. His Word, which is eternal, will speak to that eternal part within each of us if we but take the time to listen. There is a joy in being who we were meant to be. His breath is where we came from and when we begin to realize this and learn how to bring our pride and lay it at His feet we begin to grow into a freedom and joy the world knows not of. We are not gods unto ourselves and when we realize this fact, we can begin to grow into who we were meant to be which are expressions of God’s love and creativity. God bless every heart who sees beyond themselves into the heart of God and His will for their lives. God help us all enter into the joys of being who we were meant to be. We can no more will our next breath as we did our first one. We are either slaves of righteousness through submitting our wills to his or slaves of sin through the hardening of our hearts against who we were meant to be.

 

Heavenly Father, Thank you for being more loving and pure than my heart can comprehend and giving of Yourself in creating me. Teach my heart how to grow in its relationship with you so that I can truly reflect the One from whom I exist. In Jesus Glorious, Eternal, Beautiful Name. Amen

 

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