Beautiful Instruments (Romans 6:12-14)

Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.” (Romans 6:13–14, ESV)

Growing up, the first piece of entertainment equipment we had in our home was an AM Radio. Then my dad purchased a HiFi, High-Fidelity, sound system. This was the precursor to the Stereophonic sound systems that he purchased later. My dad liked music, in particular instrumentals. A musical instrument in the right person’s hands could make the most beautiful sound and melody. It would be something that the artist could use to bless others abundantly. In a similar way, every person has the potential to be an instrument of blessing. Yet, just like the musical instrument depends on the master musician, the instruments of our lives need to be in the hands of the Master.

Paul has been speaking about how grace has set us free from the power of sin. Yet, having been set free, believers can and often still do sin. Because of this, Paul tells us that we need make a decision as to where we will present our bodies. If we present our bodies to sin, they will be instruments for unrighteousness, making ungodly music and missing the mark of blessing others. However, if we present ourselves to God as instruments for righteousness, the Master will make us a blessing.

Paul tells us that believers can be instruments for righteousness because we have been brought under grace. Grace did for us what the law could not do. The law could not transform the heart, for the heart is God’s domain and only He could transform it (Ps 51:10). The believer’s heart has been transformed by the work of the Holy Spirit. We are new creations in Christ. Thus, we need to remember to present ourselves to the Master as instruments for righteousness and He will use us to make the beautiful melody of His grace to be heard by others.

Published by Steve Hankins, Th.D.

Steve has had extensive military, business and ministry experience. He has served for over 16 years in full time vocational ministry and many years of part time ministry in churches. He has led churches through start-up and recasting of vision. Now He resides on the Outer Banks of North Carolina where he is working to help smaller churches and believers to renew their hearts and regain the joy of the Lord.

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