Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. Romans 6:16-18
The power that saves us doesn’t just stop there. It draws us to “that form of teaching” (John 16:13) causing “obedience resulting in righteousness.” What was a life of slavery to sin is now one where the heart defaults to do what is right, not what is wrong. After all, what use is salvation if from there on we’re just as inclined to sin as before?
Under the law there was a framework in which righteousness could, in theory, be pulled off with no small effort. Obedience under grace though is carried out successfully like a gifted athlete in his or her sport.
For example, anyone can swing a golf club, but the God-gifted has the natural coordination and strength to do it better from the start. Someone truly saved by grace can pull off righteousness easier than he can sin!
Miraculously, once a duffer, now playing in the Masters!