This morning I just want to encourage you with some Scripture. This Fall we are studying through the book of Romans for Youth Group. As I was reading and studying through some of it this week, I was just hit by the simplicity of this passage and I want to share it as an encouragement and challenge:
“What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?
But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.
I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.
For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” – Romans 6:15-23
We reap the choices that we sow. We experience the negative or positive outcomes of every decision we make.
Let us today accept the free gift of God through Jesus Christ, believe in Him, and begin reaping the fruit that leads to eternal life! There is literally nothing in the world that can bring as much satisfaction, fulfillment, joy, or belonging as being a child of God and following His way every day.