Freedom to be Instruments of Grace
Jesus shares with us His life purpose.
“The Spirit of the LORD is upon me,
for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,
that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free,
and that the time of the LORD’s favor has come.”
Do not let sin control the way you live;
do not give in to sinful desires.
Do not let any part of your body
become an instrument of evil to serve sin.
Instrument – hoplon: utensil,tool, weapon.
I am a weapon of goodness.
Instead, give yourselves completely to God,
for you were dead, but now you have new life.
So use your whole body as an instrument
to do what is right for the glory of God.
Sin is no longer your master,
for you no longer live under the requirements of the law.
Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.
I am free by the Grace of God.
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,
but I focus on this one thing:
Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,
I press on to reach the end of the race
and receive the heavenly prize for which God,
through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
I am an instrument of freedom.
“Our skills, capabilities, and bodies
can serve many purposes, good or bad.
In sin, every part of our bodies are vulnerable.
In Christ, every part can be an instrument for service.
It is the one to whom we offer our service
that makes the difference.
We are like lasers
that can burn destructive holes in steel plates
or do delicate cataract surgery”
Life Application Bible Commentary