“But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God; the benefits you reap lead to holiness, and the result is eternal life.” Romans 6:22 (NIV)
Paul writes to the believers in Rome. He reminds them God set them free from their sinful pasts. Further, he relates they have become God’s servants.
When people ask Jesus to come into their hearts, they receive certain “benefits.” Believers have peace, wholeness, eternal life, and the Holy Spirit and His gifts. These benefits work together in our hearts to set us apart for God’s service. We become sanctified—separated from the secular and the sinful for a sacred purpose. 2
Recently, in Sunday school, we heard of Mother Teresa’s history. Her father died when she was 8 years old. She felt called by God to go to India to minister to the people there. She never saw her homeland in Macedonia again. She felt called of God to spend her life in His service.
I have always admired her for her work and for her living out her faith. God prepared her for the task He gave her to do.
2 The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary, Moody Press, Chicago, revised 1988, page 1124