Don't Listen To Sin
25 May 2017
Reading: 1 Kings 10-11; 2 Chronicles 9; Romans 6
22 But now that you’ve found you don’t have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise! A whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more of life on the way! 23 Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master. (Romans 6:22-23 MSG)
There is so much hope for you and me in Romans Chapter Six! Paul pictures the old life, our old nature, as “Sin” and tells us and shows us that “Sin” died when we believed the truth and accepted Jesus’ death for us. Then he reminds us that as we join in Christ’s resurrection, we become a new self with a new life – an eternal life. We buried “Sin”, the old self, in baptism, and stepped out of the water a new self in Christ.
Our thoughts and attitudes and decisions and actions are from that point forward influenced by two voices. One voice is the voice of “Sin” calling out from the grave to pull us back down into the patterns of the old life. The other is the voice of God’s Spirit calling from within our new spirit-self, encouraging and challenging us to walk forward, each step taking us further from the grave and deeper into our real life in Christ.
Every time I heed the raspy voice of “Sin”, I’m drawn backward toward slavery and darkness. Each time I obey the encouraging, challenging voice of God’s Spirit, my new self gets stronger and freer!
I listen. I choose. I live my life one choice at a time. The life I experience is shaped by the consequences of those choices!
Father, I am so challenged by Paul’s words to me in Romans Chapter Six! I thank you for the clear picture of a powerful truth this morning. Jesus died, I live. “Sin” still talks to me, but every time I reject his voice and heed your voice, I move farther from the grave where he is buried and his voice gets weaker and your voice gets stronger. Help me to step farther from the grave and closer to life today. In Jesus’ Name.