So now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. (Rom. 6:19–20)
Expanded Passage: Romans 6:19–20
As a former colony of Spain, the glorious past of Ayiti includes the epic story of Cacique Henri in its extraordinary history. Cacique Henri was a fierce defender of the rights and freedom of the Indian people, which was reduced to a state of bewilderment by the Spaniards. After being persecuted by his master Valenzuela, Henri and his wife took to the mountains of Bahoruco with other Indians, swearing to live free or die. Valenzuela went after his fugitive slave at the head of a dozen men and later became his slave’s prisoner. Instead of killing his former master, Henri boldly told him, “Go, thank God that I let you live, and if you are wise, do not come back here anymore.”
Cacique Henri’s 360-degree U-turn towards his oppressor echoes the feeling of perfect love, divine forgiveness, amazing grace, and unfathomable mercy that should animate us as Christians. We divorce our past and are no longer “slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness.” Consequently, we must now live as “slaves to righteousness leading to holiness” (Rom. 6:19).
As people formerly enslaved to sin and now children of God, holiness requires us to live in purity, goodness, and righteousness. Only by doing so can we confidently confess and sing the chorus of “I’m no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God.”
As a slave to righteousness, live a holy life for God’s sake.
Handy Calixte is the national director of Christian education for L’Église Wesleyenne d’Haïti. He is pursuing a master of divinity at Wesley Seminary and studying biblical Hebrew at Israel Institute of Biblical Studies.
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