“We know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him.”
The act of dying to something is one of surrender and change. As followers of Christ, we are called to die daily for what we believe in. Jesus took the sin of the world and placed it upon Himself in order that we may live, not just here on earth but for eternity with Him. The act of His dying on the Cross is what bridges the sinful man and God together and what brings us hope for today.
What does this look like as a daily application? These verses in Romans 6 tell us that we are no longer enslaved to our sin, that instead we are able to find our freedom in Jesus. We have been so graciously given this freedom and no longer need to be bound by our sin, so I ask, do our lives reflect this?
Sin can sometimes be a taboo topic, and it is one that many choose to avoid discussing. We usually avoid talking about our own personal struggles because that would make us vulnerable and potentially make us face our weaknesses. At other times, we refrain from labeling our sin as “sin" because we don’t want to let go of it. In either case, all of it is still sin. No matter how much we beautify it, no matter how often we say it’s not a hindrance, it is all still sin.
It’s important to identify these areas of our lives in which sin has a hold on us so that we can place them at the feet of Jesus and ask Him for grace and forgiveness. There is so much more in store for us, friends. God has such a perfect story written out for each of our lives. When will we look at the path of sin, then look at the path of grace, and then choose to live a righteous life? One of the greatest truths about God is that His Word tells us that each day is new. This has to become a daily surrender in each of our lives: die to yourself, die to your sin, so that you may choose grace and life.
This is something that we all need to be reminded of. I challenge you to talk to someone about a sin that you feel you need to confess or remove from your life. If there is something keeping you from walking a consistent path with God, confide in someone about what that is. Pray together. Ask Jesus for strength, and begin taking your faith seriously, by choosing life over death. I hope you will all join me in this challenge.
Keep Fighting the Good Fight,