The Surprising Key to Spiritual Growth
“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.” Romans 6:13-14
The key to life is death. Because Jesus died for our sin, we must be willing to die to sin and follow Him.
Eternal life is more than overcoming death after our earthly lives end – eternal life is walking in Jesus’ resurrected power now. The apostle Paul argued that we should die to the wicked tyrant of sin that seeks to control us through unholy desires and temptations. We must so identify with the death and resurrection of Christ that sin loses its power in us and our bodies become instruments for doing good rather than evil.
We are given three surprising truths for spiritual growth. First, the battle against sin does not end after a person is saved. The enemy will continue to hurl temptations and traps at the believer. Let's not deceive ourselves. Left unchecked, sinful impulses will wreak havoc in our lives. Second, the fight against sin is a sign of maturity, not weakness. One never knows the power of temptation until it is resisted. It’s in the resistance we mature spiritually. A growing Christian must actively identify with their new image in Christ. And continually apply their new standing to every area of life. Last, the presence of the spirit is our weapon to overcome sin. Rather than to excuse it, or justify it, or find a support group for it, the believer willfully gives him or herself over to the instructions of the spirit to honor Jesus in all things. As God changes the heart, His grace compels us to live for righteousness.
Father, transform me by Your grace. Sanctify my heart, mind, hands, and feet so that I can live a holy life. Empower me to live victoriously over the temptations that I encounter each and every day. Amen