Wednesday, March 24, 2021
“An Apprentice to God”
By Carol Sue Hutchinson
Passage: Romans 6:16-18
In Jesus day, boys and young men, apprenticed themselves to a master tradesman to learn the trade or craft. They obeyed their master and learned by following what they were taught, and the example set. Some young men were attached to a teacher and learned from them by obedience the knowledge needed to teach.
Each young man had to leave the childhood life and sometimes their home and enter a new setting where they could learn. Trust and obedience were necessary attitudes to learn.
What does it mean to be an apprentice to God? We start by accepting Jesus as Savior and through obedience we can begin to leave our life of sin behind. Some people have very little to leave behind, others a great deal. Leaving sin behind is a daily task as we come to God each day. How our life changes depends on where our obedience is. The scripture for today says, if our obedience is to sin, then we will be slaves to sin. Verse 17-18 says “But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.”
How do we learn this obedience that leads to righteousness? Through the study of scriptures, Bible studies, Sunday worship, other classes, and daily devotions. There is a hymn that says, “Trust and obey, for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus, just to trust and obey.”
Prayer: Gracious God, you are so patient with us as we learn to trust and obey. Obedience is very difficult for people who like to be in control. Help us to learn that you are in control. Amen