Sin & Death: Dear Sin

“Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.” (Romans 6:13-14)

“Dear Sin: I like you. I like the rush of doing something I know is kind of bad. I like the pretty package your gooey, ugly insides come wrapped in. I know I don’t have to serve you any more, so I’m making this official voluntary presentation of all my body parts — including my brain and mouth — to do whatever wicked stuff you can think up.”

sandd_350It’s never like that, is it? We don’t think about “offering” ourselves to sin. We just do the wrong, sinful thing — often without even thinking about it. But the result is the same as if we’d sent sin a love letter with all of our sinning body parts attached as a gift.

Paul urges us to think about it. To make a choice. To send our love letter to the God who freed us from sin and offer all our parts — mind, mouth, and eyes, included — for HIm to use to do good stuff. We’ve got to ask ourselves every day: Who do we really love? Who will we serve today — our want to sin or the God who saved us?

Think: Do you ever think of your brain and the rest of your body as tools you can use either to serve sin or God? How have you been using those “instruments” lately? Who have you been serving?

Pray: Ask God to give you a strong desire not to waste your life and body on sin but to let Him use it for accomplishing His work.

Do: Write a love letter to God, offering Him your body and brain to use however He wants for His purposes.