Thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. Romans 6:17-18
Liberating Lord, I have never felt so free as in being bound to you. When I was enslaved to my commitment to self-sufficiency and self-exaltation, I had only a terrible prospect of suffering your wrath. For the wages of sin is death. I didn’t even know it; so I was bound by ignorance as well as iniquity. Now, having been freed from my sin, I can enjoy the freedom of being enslaved to you. Commitment to entrust my future to you frees me from the fear of bearing that burden on my own. Seeing your rules for life as the best way to live frees me to experience the joy of your approval and blessing. Following you in the obedience of faith frees me to be of benefit to people everywhere. What’s more amazing is that being enslaved to you, as I live righteously before you, gives me access to your presence. Because of my commitment to you, you are committed to allow me to enter with the saints and angels for worship, adoration and praise. How blessed am I, O God who made heaven and earth, who keeps faith forever, and who sets the prisoner free with the gift of eternal life! Amen.