“Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.”Romans 6:11-15
I went to a water park with my friends when I was about ten-years-old. We went as a group of crazy boys from church. The activity had been built up for weeks by our leaders, and we were very excited. While we were used to residential pool slides, these were massive and in groups of three. We eagerly headed out for the first slide, and my excitement began to wane as we got higher and higher. and made it to the top. But it was too late to chicken out at this point. My best friend offered to go first, and I gladly let him. Suddenly, the light on my side turned green, and I was given a friendly nudge. I slid down that slide in sheer terror. Soon, I realized it was not so bad, and I was having the time of my life. In fact, it ended all too quickly as I was plunged into a big pool.
My excitement was soon drowned out by the sound of someone yelling, “Help!”
I looked over, and it was my best friend who seemed to be drowning in a four-foot pool. We were not giants, but we were definitely taller than four feet.
“Stand up!” I yelled.
Finally, as he realized he could stand in that shallow pool, he regained his composure. I laughed at him, and he splashed me with water and began to laugh, too.
Though this event was quite funny at the time, I have to admit that I am often this way in my own Christian life. I call out for help when all I need to do is stand up. Even though I am supposed to be dead to sin, I wallow in it. When I could simply stand in the power of my salvation and in my life in Jesus Christ my Lord, I choose to drown in my sin. I let it defeat me at every angle. Sin has a way of dominating us and drowning the abundant life God has for us. We soon get comfortable with sin and begin to drift away from our Father.
What about you friend? Are you alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord? Are you living the life of freedom He would have for you? Are you using your instruments to please Him or to please yourself? Are you drowning in a four-foot pool or are you standing firm on the victory He has given you? Will you live a defeated life and make excuses for your sin? God forbid!