From the chair:
“But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I find myself wary of tossing around the phrase, “you are slaves to God,” because I’m afraid that will make a bad impression on people. However, this section from Romans explains why this is good news. Perhaps we’re afraid of the idea because the only instance we’ve seen with our eyes is slavery to sin. We’ve all experienced this slave to sin, and we know what we had to “live” on in that arrangement: death.
Being God’s slaves–that is, working in the household of God, by God’s provision, for God’s glory–is different. It leads to sanctification, and the natural end of sanctification (more than that, the promised end) is eternal life. The good life is not simple autonomy in the wide, wide world. The good life is becoming part of the community we’re meant for, the one in which God is Lord.
From the nightstand:
“A smith and a file,” he cried, “to do away the collar from the neck of a freeman!—Noble master! doubled is my strength by your gift, and doubly will I fight for you!—There is a free spirit in my breast—I am a man changed to myself and all around.”
-Wamba in Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe
“The chair” is the one Annie aptly chose for the corner of our living room, and it’s where I am committed to daily hearing from God’s Word–the Word I above all else hope to speak to others. “The desk” is the one by my coffee grounds and spare charger (if I get to the library early enough); it’s where I have the privilege of reading and thinking all day, where I intend to learn for others’ sake.