The Cost and Value of Free Will

Photo credit: So what should we do? Should we sin because we are under grace and not under law? No! Surely you know that when you give yourselves like slaves to obey someone, then you are really slaves of that person. The person you obey is your master.

You can follow sin, which brings spiritual death, or you can obey God, which makes you right with him.In the past you were slaves to sin—sin controlled you. But thank God, you fully obeyed the things that you were taught. You were made free from sin, and now you are slaves to goodness.

I use this example because this is hard for you to understand. In the past you offered the parts of your body to be slaves to sin and evil; you lived only for evil. In the same way now you must give yourselves to be slaves of goodness.

Then you will live only for God.In the past you were slaves to sin, and goodness did not control you. You did evil things, and now you are ashamed of them. Those things only bring death.

But now you are free from sin and have become slaves of God. This brings you a life that is only for God, and this gives you life forever. The payment for sin is death. But God gives us the free gift of life forever in Christ Jesus our Lord. (‭Romans‬ ‭6:‭15-23‬ NCV)

All slavery is not the same. Some slavery is abject bondage. A person becomes subject to some master against their will. They have no choice in the matter. This is like the slavery all people are subject to because of sin—self-willed rebellion to God.

Another type of slavery is called indentured servitude. It is an act of choice, of free will. A person either enters into debt in exchange for some benefit, some form of security or employment for a contracted service and time, or they owe a debt they can't repay.

This second slavery of indebtedness can have an end to it. This is like the life exchange a person makes in deciding to choose Jesus as their Lord. Then, as believers, we become willing servants of a benign Master, who sets us free from the former slavery.

This is the idea of what is called redemption and salvation in Christian terminology. We are forgiven the debt of sin and receive the free, undeserved, unearned blessing of eternal life in God's presence.

This is the value of free will—the choosing of a life free from the bondage of self-willed rebellion that leads to death and separation from God. Instead we choose a life lived in God's kindness and goodness. That's why it's called amazing grace! ©Word-Strong_2015