“Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey-whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?” Romans 6:16, NIV
In 1979, Bob Dylan said it this way:
But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You're gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you're gonna have to serve somebody
Holocaust survivor Victor Frankl said it this way:
...they (Holocaust victims and survivors) offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken away from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms-to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's way.
Deuteronomy 30:19 says it this way:
This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice and hold fast to him.
Joshua said it this way (Joshua 24:15):
Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve
Choice. Every day, we serve someone and we demonstrate that we are a slave to something. As a means of assessing the results of our choices, Paul encourages us to look at the outcomes. What benefit have we derived from choices that we have made? Has what we have served, and who we have served worked for us? In spiritual terms, have the choices we've made drawn us closer to God or moved us further away? If we do not like the answer to that question, we have the choice to turn our lives around. It is all about choices.