Have you ever considered what a privilege it is to be able to even be sanctified? Prior to salvation, the unbeliever is not allowed this privilege of sanctification. The unbeliever is a slave to sin and has no right to the freedom that comes from being enslaved to God. However, as a child of God, the freedom that is received and the ability to be a part of the sanctification process brings assurance of one’s salvation and bears fruit for the world to see. Consider the words of Paul to the church of Rome:
I am using a human analogy because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you offered the parts of yourselves as slaves to moral impurity, and to greater and greater lawlessness, so now offer them as slaves to righteousness, which results in sanctification. For when you’re slaves of sin, you were free from allegiance to righteousness. So what fruit was produced then from the things you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death. But now, since you have been liberated from sin and have become enslaved to God, you have your fruit, which results in sanctification—and the end is eternal life! For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:19-23
Paul encourages the believers to embrace becoming a slave to the righteousness which will result in bearing much fruit as well as one’s sanctification. When one surrenders fully to placing themselves under the authority of Christ and becoming His bondservant, then the fruit that comes from abiding in Him begins to bear. When that occurs, our lives begin to look more like Him instead of our old flesh of impurity and lawlessness.
In short, slavery to righteousness bears fruit. That fruit bears sanctification in the life of the believer. That sanctification brings the joy of assurance of eternal life.
Oh Lord, may our hearts be fully enslaved to you. May we look not on the lawlessness found in our flesh today but take hold of the freedom you give through walking in servanthood to You. May the fruit we bear today reflect Your image and bring others into eternal salvation for Your glory!!