The more I travel from church to church, the more I am amazed at how many Christians dismiss the clear teachings found in the Bible regarding personal holiness and Christ likeness. Some will say, “It’s a matter of interpretation.” Ok. Let’s interpret a couple of verses from Romans chapter six. The entire chapter deals with the subject of personal holiness and Christ likeness, but we will only look at one passage.
Romans 6:21-22 “What fruit had you then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.”
First, Paul calls the believer a servant. If you read the entire chapter you will see that people are servants even before they are saved, but they serve a different master – sin. Once a person is saved, ownership changes and he now serves Christ. A servant serves. A servant performs. A servant does.
Second, the passage above says the servant’s actions yielded fruit. Fruit is a visible and tangible manifestation. Literally speaking, fruit is the outward manifestation of the inward work of the tree or plant. This passage clearly says that the outward fruit of the servant who is owned by God should be holiness as a result of the inward work of the Holy Spirit. My fruit reveals to the world what is going on inside of me and, consequently, whom I serve. What does your fruit say about you?
Leave a line or two or three about how changing masters changed your life.