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Who rules you?

01 Oct

What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. (Romans 6:1-14, NRSV)

We know that Jesus died on the cross to take away our dirty sinfulness that keeps us from God.

So does that mean because His grace abounds we should continue to sin all the more so we can get more grace?

No! First of all we do not need to sin to experience grace.

Grace is freely given to all and grace that does not wash away sins is not better grace, but to those of us who receive it there is a pleasure in it. It is like the acknowledgement of a job well done by a trusted advisor or parent.

You see we get the choice each and every morning we wake up who we will serve. we have that choice each moment of our lives actually, to choose to serve Christ or to serve our own sinful nature.

I have read, “We’re not sinners because we sin. We sin because we’re sinners.” You see sin is what turns us in on ourselves and makes us do things for the unholy trinity of me, myself, and I. We do thinks for our own pleasure and gain.

When we serve Christ the need of the many out ways the needs of the one. Or the needs of our brothers and sisters are more important than ours.

So who rules you?

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