We live in a day of entitlement. Everyone, it seems, believes that they deserve more than they receive. More respect, more pay, more vacation, just plain more! Our passage today points out that one of the gifts that Jesus brings to us is not giving us what we truly deserve.
The paycheck that is coming to all of humanity is, according to God, death. Paul asks us the question, what good ever came of all the sin you committed? The answer to that question is, sin does not give us anything good, it only gives us death. This is what we deserved but God sent Jesus.
Jesus gives us a gift. The good news of Jesus is that we do not receive what we have earned but instead are gifted what Christ won for us on the Cross. Jesus took off the chains of sin and death and gave us holiness and eternal life.
What a trade!
We didn’t receive what we have rightly earned, death. We do receive what we could never get close to earning, eternal life.
As you are tempted to serve sin today, ask yourself that question that Paul asked. What good ever came of me doing what I want to do instead of what God wants me to do? The answer will be the same that Paul gives here. None, it never satisfies and leads to death, every time.
Instead of serving your old master, serve the One who has given you new life and hope for all eternity!