20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 Therefore what [o]benefit were you then [p]deriving [q]from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. 22 But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you [r]derive your [s]benefit, [t]resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:20-23
The result and consequence of living and continuing in sin is death. We cannot claim to follow Jesus Christ and still live in habitual sin on a daily basis. Habitual sin means we are simply driven by the desires of the sinful nature. If this is the case then we are not following the leading of the Holy Spirit and therefore cannot claim that we are a follower of Jesus Christ.
Jesus is not a get out of jail free card. Following Jesus is not a one time decision. The decision to follow Christ is a decision to follow Him on a daily basis and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in all that we do. Some have turned the grace of God into a license to sin and this is simply a deception of the enemy.
Jesus said that we demonstrate our love for Him in our willingness to obey His commands. Obedience is not something that is done in our own strength or power. Being able to walk in obedience is simply the result of spending time in God’s presence. As we spend time in prayer and the study of God’s word it is the Holy Spirit who empowers us in every area of our lives.
We are called to be set apart from this world and its ways. We are continually being sanctified on a daily basis. The process by which we are transformed into the image of Christ is one that happens continuously during our lives and it is progressive. Maturity does not happen over night, but as we walk with the Lord daily, we are matured on a daily basis.
Sin is deceitful and if we continue in it and give place to it in our lives we allow the enemy a foothold into our lives. We cannot serve two masters. We are either a bond servant to Christ or we are a slave to sin. If we are slave to sin then we must go before the Lord, repent of our wicked ways and begin to walk with Him and abide in Him. If our hearts are truly given to Jesus then our one desire in our lives will be Him and His kingdom.