“Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness” (Romans 6:18). Once we were slaves to sin. We obeyed sin. But when you became a believer, a great exchange occurred. Jesus took you sin and gave you His righteousness. Righteousness is more than right standing with God. It is a gift. “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:17). We have the gift of righteousness therefore we serve it. Once we served sin, now we serve righteousness. We are free to serve righteousness. The Greek word means “slaves” of righteousness. The word slave is seeming harsh and negative. Paul was simply making the comparison. We are either slaves to sin or slaves to righteousness. That’s the only two choices in life. We serve that which we obey, either sin, or righteousness. It’s either or, not sometimes one and sometimes the other. Since we are set free from sin, we are the righteousness of God. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV).