“When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness, But then what return did you get from the things of which you are now ashamed? The end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the return you get is sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:20-23
I suspect a lot of people have trouble seeing Christians as free. They world (and the devil) tell them we are people who are governed by old fashioned rules and ideas; people who give up their time and money in an effort to appease an angry, unreasonable God who probably doesn’t even exist. Honestly, Christianity to many is a strange delusion, possibly even a mental illness. What could be the advantage of being a Christian?
In the verses above from Romans, the apostle Paul outlines how wrong this thinking is and exactly what a deal Christians have. Sin doesn’t make anyone happy. Eventually things like dishonesty, envy, greed, immorality catch up with us. We’re left with broken relationships, shattered reputations, increasing dissatisfaction, shame and yes, as Paul says, even death. The Christian deal sets us free from ALL of that.
Who wouldn’t want the free gift of God which brings peace and eternal life? Who wouldn’t trade conflict for brotherhood, jealousy for contentment, acceptance for condemnation, death for life? Tell someone today about the deal Jesus is offering them.