You Make the Choice, but Jesus Makes the Change
And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
The apostle Paul was not subtle. Speaking to Christians, Paul demanded that we make a choice. That choice is based upon the remarkable spiritual fact that before you accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior you were spiritually dead. As a result of being spiritually dead and separated from God, you made choices with your mind, body, and emotions that resulted in unrighteousness.
Perhaps you made some bad decisions, and, as a result of the disappointment and hurt, you turned to Jesus for forgiveness and help. If so, then Paul’s message is for you. His challenge is simple. Just as you made choices that hurt others because of unrighteousness, you can now make other choices. You can do this because you have become a Christian and you are alive spiritually. Your motivations and desires have changed.
So change your choices. Since you are alive to God, make choices regarding your mind, body, and emotions that are righteous. Rather than choosing to go against God, make decisions that honor and respect the God you love.
The apostle closed with this fabulous truth that removes all excuses: sin shall have no power over you! You are alive; you are free from sin; so make righteous choices.
Dear Jesus, thank You for giving me power to make the right choice, so You can make the change. Amen.