It’s sad how often Christians live as if God’s power in us makes no tangible difference. We intellectually accept the Holy Spirit but rarely live as if it should change anything. Reading through Romans chapter six this week gave me a great reminder of our liberation in Christ.
- “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sinâ€”because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.” 6:6-7
- “But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.” 6:17-18
- “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 6:22-23
Notice some of those phrases: done away with (the body ruled by sin), no longer slaves to sin, set free (x3), used to be slaves to sin, new teaching has now claimed your allegiance, slaves to righteousness, slaves of God, benefit leads to holiness, result is eternal life, gift of God.
Here’s the point: If you claim to be with Christ but don’t think you are above sin, either you are ignoring the power in you, or it isn’t really there. The Christian life creates a new normal.
You are set free from addictions. You are set free from your failures. You are set free from your brokenness. You are set free from your limitations. Sin happens when we fall into an old way of thinking, not because we had no other option. Our new default is the liberating power of Christ.
This doesn’t mean that suddenly you have the perfect life. But it means we should view every temptation and every difficult moment with an optimismÂ of victory through Christ. That’s the Good News Jesus was always talking about. How will you live differently today with this in mind?
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