As I was reading Romans 6 this week, several things made sense to me and one of them was how we are a slave to someone no matter what. At the same time this week I was listening to a CD by Bob Dylan, who is a 60’s songwriter. He wrote a song, you got to serve somebody, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord, you’re gonna have to serve somebody. I felt like I was teaching the Bible according to Bob Dylan, but Bob Dylan got it from the Bible. Romans 6:16 says, “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?” But why would you keep on sinning when you know you can be used to bring life and sanctification? Paul is explaining to the people that they don’t have to be under that bondage and neither do the ladies in jail.
I asked them if they would rather have an old beat up, used, smelly, guitar or a brand spanking shiny new guitar. Some didn’t care they just would like to have a guitar. My point was that God doesn’t clean up an old sinner; He makes them brand spanking new. Once God makes you brand new, you don’t have to act, or give in to, the way you used to. Present yourselves to God as alive from the dead. God isn’t all about good and bad as He is concerned about bringing dead people to life. He is the life and He lives through you as His own righteousness. Don’t let sin reign, master, or enslave you. Before you were born again, you didn’t have a choice but to sin, but now that you have been made brand new, and the Holy Spirit lives inside you, you have a choice.
Somewhere during my talk to the ladies in jail, I made a joke asking them, “What do you call a dog with no legs?” I paused for a moment and said, “It doesn’t matter because he won’t come anyway.” They just fell about the place and I was laughing so hard my face was super red and sweat was running down my shirt. I’m not sure where that fit into the talk, but I added another one. “Yesterday a girl called me fat so I called her an ambulance.” The girls were laughing so hard by now, I didn’t know how I was gonna compose myself to finish. I heard a voice at the back of the room say, “We needed that so bad, Miss Tracey.” God sure does know what He’s doing doesn’t He? I love relying on Him and letting Him do what He does.
Tammy Strader came with a simple word from the Lord saying, “We make it too hard.” She went on to say, “We seek the Lord and we will find Him.” We find out what we know about God through our own experiences with him. Let God build on that. If you don’t understand something about the Bible, or what He is saying to you, just hang on because He will reveal it to you. He doesn’t want any to be ignorant, but we need to be old enough to grasp it. It would be like giving the keys of the car to a 6 year old. We may not be ready for what He is revealing in us. By faith we trust Him that He will make it sink way deep down into our spirit so that it will bring life to others.
Tammy and I got to talk with a girl who is in the work release program and something she told us made me so proud of her. She said that her mom let her storage go unpaid and she lost everything she had in there, especially the pictures of her little girls. Then she said, “And I am not mad.” She went on to say God told her this was going to happen so it wasn’t a shock when she found out. God is changing this girl from glory to glory and we get to be a part of it. She has learned the hard way that when you serve those feelings of rebellion and disobedience, it benefits nothing. Now she is a slave to righteousness and sanctification and in Him, there is life.
Written by Tracey