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Devotional - week of March 25, 2007


WHICH WILL IT BE?

For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:14

 

 

This verse reveals that believers have two options in their approach to serving and walking with God—and only two. We serve and walk with God either under law or under grace.

 

The first word, “For,” should be translated “Therefore” or “Then." It relates the believer’s two options to the statements found in Romans 6:3-13. These verses teach believers to believe in and experience their spiritual crucifixion, burial and resurrection. If a believer lives out the instructions found in Romans 6:3-13, he is living under grace. If he does not, he is living under law.

 

There is no better way to understand what it means to serve God under law than to consider the law arrangement God made with the Israelites. In that arrangement, God gave the law to the Israelites through Moses. Three times the Israelites said, “What God has said we will do.” God gave the rules and the Jewish nation accepted the responsibility of keeping them. They had placed themselves under law.

 

In Romans 8:3, the Apostle Paul explains that living under law is living in the flesh. He writes, “For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh …” Serving God in the flesh is serving Him in our own wisdom and strength. Romans 6:14 says that when we live and serve God under law, sin has dominion over us. This is a reference to our sin nature.

 

Serving God under grace is serving Him out of His wisdom and strength. For example, being under grace frees a believer from carrying the burden of making decisions because under grace he looks to God for guidance in what to do.

 

Living under grace frees the believer from trying to make things happen. Pastors, for example, are free from the burden of making their churches successful. God takes the responsibility for that.

 

At one significant point in our lives, we faced the decision of rejecting Jesus or receiving Jesus and salvation by grace. We decided to receive Jesus and salvation. Through grace, God saved us.

 

Now that God has saved us by grace, we face the decision of serving and walking with Him under grace or serving and walking with Him under the law. Which will it be?