Sometimes we have to let things (and people) go until they stop on their own before we can get them to change directions.
1 To mankind belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the proper answer of the tongue [the best plan for our lives].
In the case of sin, God gave the law so that mankind could know what “missing the mark” looked like. Before the law, we didn’t even know there was a target to hit! With the law, we learned that there is a right way and many wrong ways to do things. Twelve o’clock is only twelve o’clock when both hands are pointing straight up. If they are pointing any other direction, then it’s not twelve o’clock. It’s the same with righteousness. If it’s not absolute righteousness, then it’s not righteousness at all. I believe that this concept is what Paul was getting at in Romans 7:7-13,
7 What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet [as a point of illustration; he could have used any of the ten commandments].” 8 But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting [this is what our sin nature does]. For apart from the law, sin was dead. 9 Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. 10 I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death. 11 For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death. 12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good [it did not kill me; sin did].
13 Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! Nevertheless, in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it used what is good to bring about my death, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.
When we are born, each of us has a seed, the potential to sin. Because we have no Spirit, our spirit is a vacuum, much like the number zero; it holds a place, but has no value of its own. When we become conscious of the law–right and wrong–we are presented with a choice to accept the law and do what is right, or to reject the law and do what is wrong. The problem is that we have no Holy Spirit to lead us and empower us, so we turn to another power: Satan. Our sinful nature (having no Holy Spirit and having Adam’s propensity to rebel) points us in his direction and we run to sin. In our rebellion, we die.
But, because we are now dead, Christ can raise us up again! Thus, because we have died, when we are brought back, we can now marry another, who is Jesus Christ. We become His bride, or rather, part of His Bride, which is the Church. Sin became utterly sinful in us so that we could recognize our lostness and our need for a Savior, Jesus Christ. Are we done with sin? Not yet, but we will be soon! In the meantime, Romans 8:1-2 says,
Therefore, there is now NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
Our position in Christ is sealed and can never be broken. What we work on is our relationship with Christ. Let’s spend some time getting to know Him in the Scriptures. It’s important.
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Abba, as we begin the new work week, it is now the middle of the month and beginning its downhill slope to the next month. May we use this date to remind us that time is short. Teach us to number our days, Abba, and make every one count for You. Use us up, Lord. I am happiest when I am in the middle of Your will. Amen.