Thursday, April 24, 2008

Not a life of frustration

Putting to death the deeds of the sinful nature and getting rid of sin is not optional – Paul says it is mandatory for all who are followers of Christ. It is mandatory because of the work of Christ on the cross. It is mandatory because Christ won the victory and we have been given all we need for this new life and for godliness. If we have truly died to self, then living the new life in Christ is our destiny.

The Christian life is not designed to be a life of frustration – “I know I shouldn’t sin, but I guess I will always have to deal with some of it so I just need to learn how to live with it.” No! We “MUST” rid ourselves of it all. This is not something to be afraid of or something that should frustrate us. On the contrary, this is incredibly good news. We need to rejoice that this call to holiness has been given because we have been given all the power and grace needed to answer the call. This demand to get rid of sin comes from the truth that we are truly victorious over it because of Christ. Let’s celebrate this victory and honor our Savior Jesus Christ by (1) believing we are victorious and (2) living victoriously.

5Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. – Colossians 3:5-10

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