Romans 6:16

“Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves as slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness.”
Romans 6:16
Notice Paul says “you are that one’s slave.” Meaning you will be totally devoted to one or the other. You cannot be a servant of God on Sunday and a slave to the flesh on the weekend. You can offer yourself to righteousness or sin, not both. This idea is laid out in Luke 16:13 where it says “No servant can serve two masters; for either He will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other.” Therefore every action you take will add or subtract from righteousness. For if you gratify the flesh you starve the spirit. Likewise if you neglect the flesh you feed the spirit. To determine which you are nourishing you must filter your actions by asking “Does this glorify God?” If the answer is affirmative then by all means, proceed. If it is in the negative, perhaps you ought to reevaluate your choices.
Even when we do choose to pursue righteousness there is an opportunity for backsliding. As a testament to my choice to obey I am here in Guatemala. However, I still fail and submit myself to sin. I justify making compromises because I categorize things as morally indifferent. I ignore the fact that all sin leads to separation from God. I am able to do this because I decline to ask whether or not my decisions will bring glory to God. This behavior works against my goal! I am enrolled in IGNITE to cultivate spiritual sensitivity and grow closer to God, not to flirt with sin and feign piety. 
One counter productive habit I have picked up since being here is drinking coffee. It began innocent enough as a cup with my carrot cake, once a week at breakfast, but now I’m drinking a cup a day if not more. Every time we go to town I indulge in an obscenely caffeinated brew. Drinking coffee is not a sin, that’s not what I’m saying. But it certainly is missing the mark for me. No matter how my habit began it now stands that I drink coffee because I like the way it makes me feel. As someone that has oft been convicted of making mind altering experiences an idol, this is a red flag. Though caffeine consumption is socially acceptable and only mildly effective to move the mood (in comparison to other substances), it is, in its purest form, feeding the flesh. When I subject myself to the wiles of caffeine I am trying for that buzz, you know the one. But in doing so I dull my spiritual sensitivity. I detract from my relationship with God.
Over the remaining six weeks I will be reaching for a consistent closeness with God. To achieve that I must purge my life of everything that hinders this goal. Next in line is caffeine. Starting February 18th I will not partake of caffeinated beverages unless I am somewhere that requires my patronage to access the wifi.


One thought on “Romans 6:16

  1. I’m diggin your prose Tawn. I can tell you are working very hard for God. I wish I knew what you know now when i was your age. Or I wish that I knew what you know now, when I was younger. You are awesome and I am so proud of you!

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