Monday, November 6, 2017

Romans 6:1-4

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

 

Paul’s argument is that those of us who have been baptized have been linked with Jesus in his death, so that now we can live in a different way. Just as God raised Jesus from death, so we have been raised to live a new quality of life, one determined not by the power of sin but by God’s power in us.

Some days I don’t feel new. I don’t act as though I have been raised with Christ to live differently. Sure, many of us were baptized when we were young, long before we could begin to realize what grace has been given us in Jesus Christ. By faith we accept Christ as savior, and begin a new walk in life. But we still give ourselves over to the power of sin.

The point Paul was trying to make is that every day we need to keep from choosing to be slaves to sin, because Christ has set us free by his death and resurrection. Don’t let wrongdoing reign; don’t let it get the upper hand. Every day instead, offer yourself to God, because God went through much to bring us from death to life. It’s a daily decision, but one I think that may become easier over time, as we continue to place ourselves in God’s hands.

 

Prayer

Today, Lord, may I consent to live for you. Today, Lord, may I turn my back on things that dishonor you and that cause me to make wrong choices. You have claimed me for better things, by the grace that is a gift in Jesus Christ. So help me live for you. Amen.

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