The Sin Pen

Romans 6:12-19—Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.

Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.

Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy.

Our sin limits our freedom and destroys our potential. God created us to live unlimited lives, but we’ve all drifted into the pen of sin—a cage where sin holds us hostage and keeps us from our purpose.

In Genesis 25, we see how someone was limited by their sin. Jacob and Esau were twins, and one day Esau sold his potential as the firstborn—an important position and that culture—for a bowl of soup. He was lured into the pen by his hunger.

Often, when cats are caged up, they’ll try to get out in any way they can, even if it means injuring themselves in the process. But eventually, they give up—and then when the cage door is finally opened, they won’t even try to leave.

The only way you’d stay inside a cage is if you didn’t understand what lies beyond it, right? But that’s where so many people are in their lives. They find themselves enslaved by sin, but even when Jesus has unlocked the door through His sacrifice, they are too afraid to leave. If that’s you, understand the fullness of the salvation that Jesus offers once you leave the cage. He is the only way we can be free of the power that sin has over our lives, and instead, find our power through the Creator of the universe.

Through faith in Jesus, there is power to get over what is over you. God has a plan for you to spread His love throughout the Earth. Your life may not be easy, and you’ll still sin sometimes, but always keep your hope in God, and understand that through Him there are no limits to your potential.

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