“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?” vss. 1b-2
Wherever people have heard the good news of God’s steadfast love and abundant grace, some have reacted by assuming that they were now free to do whatever they please, that there are no limitations for behavior. That attitude drove Paul to distraction and he took pains to remind his readers that grace was costly. Jesus had had died so that sin might be destroyed. Paul couldn’t believe that those who had been baptized into Christ would blithely go on living as they had before. Being a follower of Jesus means more than mindlessly reciting the Apostle’s Creed in our worship services. It means boldly changing our ways and walking in newness of life, not to gain approval from God, but because Jesus has been raised from the dead and is alive in our world. In him, by grace, all that resurrection power has been made available to us…and as we daily make it our own, we become the incredible saints God intends for us to be. We are set free from sin, not to do as we please, but to be the living breathing presence of Christ to everyone we meet. Granted, sin will continue to be a force to be reckoned with on our journey, but it’s a defeated enemy and has no power to control our destiny.
Thought for the Day: What does it mean to “walk in newness of life”?