Daily Devotional: Tuesday, August 1 - Wages & Benefits

“But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” — Romans 6:22-23

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Both of my daughters received job offers recently. The offers include a job description and also their wages and benefits. They know how much they’ll be getting paid for their work. They know about their medical, dental and vision insurance. They know about their retirement benefits. They know how much vacation time and paid time off they will have. They both know what they’ll receive for the work they do.

In Romans 6:20-23, we find that there are two types of work with two very distinct wages and benefits. Before we became Christians, we were slaves to sin. We were separated from a holy, sinless God, and since He is the source of life, the wages of our sin was death.

But there’s good news: When you trust Christ, not only are you set free from slavery to sin, but “the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life” (Romans 6:22). Now we are slaves of the Lord, and the wages and benefits result in sanctification — we are set apart and become more like Jesus Christ day by day. We have an eternal relationship with God that gives us the assurance of eternal life.

So today, thank God for the wages and benefits you receive as His slave. Pray, “Lord, thank You that I’m no longer a slave to sin, and thank You for my new wages and benefits as Your servant.”

— Ikki Soma, Houston Rockets chaplain

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