“I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations” (Romans 6:19a NIV).
I cannot begin to explain how many times I have heard some people say, “the bible has no relevance for us today. That was then, this is now.” If they really understood, having a heart open to God, they would know that just as “everyday” was for that time, “everyday” is still the same for us today.
When Paul was writing to the Church in Rome, he was very concerned about how the people in the church were selectively choosing which rules to live by. Some wanted to hold people to the letter of law, while he was trying to explain the difference between the spirit of the law and the wonders of grace–to everyday people.
In this passage of scripture (please read the entire chapter), he is specifically talking about people who commit sin, what grace has done, and why we should not continue to sin. God’s grace, His unmerited, we can’t earn favor, does not mean we continue to commit sin or encourage others to do so. Paul reminds the everyday people that once in our lives before knowing and understanding the work of the cross, we did commit sin, but now that we know better, we should not participate. And he used, examples from everyday life (as it was did and is applicable now), to illustrate what he said. The strong language–“once slaves to sin” still applies to many today. Many everyday people are slaves to–drugs, porn, fornication, adultery, alcohol, stealing, lying, manipulating, favoritism, complacency (“I’d rather you were hot or cold instead of lukewarm”), etc., hence the use of everyday examples (relevant now), about everyday people.
I think it was Sly and The Family Stones who wrote the song, Everyday People, (if I have the wrong artist, feel free to correct me). God does not expect us to live like people in ancient times, but He does expect us to adhere to righteousness, using everyday life examples. He gave us His Word as a guideline because of our human limitations (unwillingness to hear The Spirit of the Lord) so we would be without excuse.
O God, help us–everyday people, to live every day in righteousness, to your glory.