Over the course of a day there a lot of things and people demand our time. I could go as far as to say there is someone or something that dictates us daily. Dictating tells us what we are to do and not to do. For example: I think about some folks I work with and as soon as they get off work...they crack open a "cold one." Discussing it, they have to have a cold one to survive. The drink dictates to them what to do. Also what about gossiping? As soon as we hear some juicy news on someone else...that voice dictates us to jump on in and join them. Am I RIGHT or WRONG folks? More than we think dictates our actions, reactions, or thoughts. This is what we call being a slave to something...Aldolph Hitler was a dictator and the jews were slaves. He dictated to them and kept them in bondage.
Paul asked in Romans 6:16 this question: "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? "
We do have a command who to be slaves to. Why would I want to let sin dictate me if it leads to death? Look at where the dictating of Hitler got the Jews. Imagine being judged, blind and dispicable, before a Holy God because of sins dictation. This command was a few verses above vs 12: "Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts." Now verse 18 says this: "and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness." That sounds much better. It sounds more like something I desire to do rather be dictated. Because let's face it...when you hear where that leads, it is no longer a command, but a willingness.
So, does sin tell me what to do? At times it does, but I strive daily to be a slave to Christ because He alone is righteous!
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