“What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Absolutely not! Do you not know that if you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of that one you obey—either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness? But thank God that, although you used to be slaves of sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching you were entrusted to, and having been liberated from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness.” Romans 6:15-18 Christian Standard Bible
No matter how you approach life sooner or later you come to this understanding, as Bob Dylan wrote it, “You’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed you’re gonna have to serve somebody …” It isn’t possible to live on this planet and not discover the reality that we all are slaves. Ok, some may dispute that as their reality, however I would be willing to argue the point and these days there are not too many things I’m willing to argue about anymore.
I believe that, if just for a moment one can be objective, the evidence is overwhelming that we are faced with one of two choices, a decision to choose between two polar opposites. It is the same decision our original parents, Adam and Eve, faced in a land far away, in a time long ago, and its impact is just as important now as it was then.
We still face the issue of who has the right to be the final authority in the lives of those who live in this world. Is God the Creator the only one who has the right to claim absolute authority? Either it is God alone or He has been lying to humanity. So if not God, would this then mean the one God has labeled as the enemy has been the true source of our reality? Both God and the one who once stood beside the very throne of God as Lucifer the Light Bearer, now known as Satan, the dragon, the serpent of Eden cannot be right with what they have presented as truth. It must be one or the other.
So how does what we experience as our reality, which at times may be referred to as our perception, fall in line with what God defines as reality? Interestingly, not long ago in a conversation it was pointed out to me that just because we decide our perception is our reality doesn’t actually make our perception reality! Think about what we have created for ourselves, the perfect out. If I don’t like the reality I’m dealing with I just determine it doesn’t fit my perception, and like magic reality changes! Only, just like magic, it isn’t real; it’s a misdirection, sleight of hand allowing us to escape the reality we decide we no longer want to deal with or face!
Lucifer found himself missing something in his existence, only it was just his perception that something was missing! Reality dictated the exact opposite. Lucifer convinced himself he could become that which he would never become, simply because the law of reality defined by God revealed it was an impossibility for the created to become the creator. The created could in no way provide life in and of themselves any more than God can deny that power within Himself! It defies the law of reality that is God, it defies the law of reality that determines our lives. It defies the law of Jesus the Messiah. Each of us has to face this decision for ourselves.
We often confuse the sin leading to death with some horrific act of violence, when in reality it is believing the lie of the God Complex, the lie which leads us to separate ourselves from the only One who gives life. It is this lie which leads us to believe we have the right to treat others any way we choose since we are the center of the universe. It is this reality which dictates attitudes that cause every abuse in every form. It leads us to justify them as our perception, making them our legitimate reality, no matter how they may impact anyone else!
I honestly find myself extremely challenged by the idea that humanity is basically good. I haven’t seen it yet, especially in myself. I want to see myself as good and best and wonderful, but I know the truth, and it isn’t pretty. If God leaves me to myself I will choose me every time. I have learned just like the rest of humanity how to appear “Good” while I remain rotten to the core! It is our legacy from that ancient garden where we were betrayed by our parents Adam and Eve, it’s just our reality! It has nothing to do with perception. No matter how we perceive who we are, there is an ultimate reality defined by God.
It’s fascinating how God allows us the gift of making the choice between ultimate reality and the lies of the enemy’s perception. Now here is where it gets really amazing, because God doesn’t leave us to the cunning devices of our enemy and His. This is where Grace makes its presence known and felt. Just as God sought out Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, He seeks us out wherever we are! This is the true reality of God’s Grace. God knows we are faced with becoming slaves either of sin or righteousness. He chooses to lead us, through His Grace, into the slavery of righteousness for the sake of His name!
We are never left to fend for ourselves in the arena of life as we have come to know it here in this world of dysfunction and pain. Our Creator seeks us every moment, because He knows how vulnerable we are to the wiles of the one who seeks to destroy us out of hatred for The Creator!
Grace will not allow God to do anything less than exert all His power in bringing us into the only slavery, the only reality in which we will have life! Because here in this world as it is, reality dictates we are slaves either to sin that is death or to Righteousness that is Life. There is nothing in between no matter how much we might wish to perceive an alternative to either of those choices!
As Bob Dylan so eloquently wrote and sang, “You’re gonna to have to serve somebody, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord, but you’re gonna to have to serve somebody!”
“If you think it is wrong to serve the Lord, choose today whom you will serve. Choose the gods your fathers worshiped on the other side of the river, or choose the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 New Life Version