Read Romans 6
. . . just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. (v4b)
I used to be a slave. We all did. Unpaid servants to things not holy. Actions and attitudes led me into dark living before spiraling deeper into a kind of living that was never intended. It was a life that made me feel worse at the end of the day rather than invigorated and rested in my soul. I didn’t even realize it, but I was sin’s slave. And this slavery led to dirty cover-ups and heart-crimes that would make anyone sick.
“Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness.” (v19)
Today’s Scripture plays out like an “Extreme Makeover” episode. “Extreme Makeover: Life Edition.” Because Jesus Christ lives, I am a new person. And I don’t have to make choices that pull me deeper into that dark and ugly living that pretends to be real life. I don’t have to live the pretend life. Instead, I can live, really live, and I can rest in the One Who makes me righteous. The One in Whose eyes I am holy. Because “(I) have been set free from sin and have become (a slave) to righteousness.” Period. Same goes for you.
Jesus Christ conquered death so that you and I could be free to live!
I mull it around inside my soul and realize the implications of this overwhelming truth. Because of what Jesus Christ did for me, I can live a new life. I have new life in Him.
I can now turn my back on doing what comes naturally. Like complaining in my heart and harboring bitter attitudes. Like worrying about how I’m going to get everything done instead of trusting the very Creator of Time to lead me into and through my day. Like fearing the what-ifs instead of savoring the what-is.
Yes, I turn away from my natural inclinations, the way I’ve always done things, and I turn to God.
I offer Him my mind, my hands, my lips. Use these for your righteousness, Lord, because You live. I offer Him my hands. To use them as He pleases. For building up others with the words I write. For providing a meal or helping a friend. I offer Him my lips. To speak truth. Gently but boldly. To withhold bitter arguing and complaining.
Because He lives, I live anew. And I bask in His life, because He lives.