What benefit did you reap at the time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. – Rom 6:21-22
Paul is comparing and contrasting two lives. The old life of sin and the new life of grace. What does one reap from both ways of living? Is it better to have lived a life of sin, getting what you want and reaping the consequences? Or is it better to live a life for God and reaping, not only salvation, but also the good benefits that exist before we die? I know for me and my family, we will choose to serve the Lord!
What benefit is there in a life of Sin? Be honest with yourself, there are some really good feeling things that come from a sinful life. The pleasures of the flesh, which can satisfy for a short while, the gaining of power, the influence of dishonesty. All things which can be perceived as gain or benefit. But challenge that none of these is true but all are self-serving and will lead to shame and guilt.
Pleasures of the flesh never last and they will never be enough, there isn’t a high that is high enough or physical pleasure that pleasures enough. We come to seek out the next most sensational thing and become a chaser of our own tails. In Power, it is only perceived power for all power fails or can be taken away. And the influence of a lie always comes back to haunt.
So, what true benefit is there in the ways of the world? None! It is fleeting and never truly satisfying and they all lead to death! However, the life lived in Christ is always satisfying. After reading the scriptures now for 30+ years, I have yet to have God let me down. He has always fulfilled every promise He has ever made for us. God is reliable and steadfast, I have never truly wanted in my life for the needs which sustain me.
I find pure satisfaction in Christ alone. Because of that satisfaction, I now must learn to put to death then the things of the flesh. A dead thing cannot rule in my heart, mind or flesh. Sure, will it pop-up and visit from time to time, yes. However, through repentance, I remained steadfastly turned to God and toss the thief out of my house. Therefore, I have put to death the earthly flesh and don the new creation. I pray that it is ever so, and the repentance is always leading my heart and that the grace of God always covers me.
God be Glorified,