ROMANS 6:12-13: “Therefore, never let sin rule your physical body so that you obey its desires. Never offer any part of your body to sin’s power. No part of your body should ever be used to do any ungodly thing. Instead, offer yourselves to God as people who have come back from death and are now alive. Offer all the parts of your body to God. Use them to do everything that God approves of.” (GW)
OBSERVATION: Why is it so hard to overcome the power of sin? I have witnessed this struggle in my life and in the life of others. All of us have battled with temptation and sin – and lost. Is it a futile battle, or do we simply complicate the battle because we do not understand the most important and practical step of victory we need to take? Paul outlines this very important and practical step in these two verses. Overcoming sin is a choice…and an offering.
Romans 6 proclaims a wonderful and liberating truth. Through faith in Christ – we now have a choice. Before we believed in Jesus Christ we were completely ruled and dominated by our sin nature. However, when we believed, we were united with Jesus Christ in both His death and resurrection. The death was to our sin nature and our old way of living. The resurrection was to a reborn spirit and a new way of living.
- “Don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? When we were baptized into his death, we were placed into the tomb with him. As Christ was brought back from death to life by the glorious power of the Father, so we, too, should live a new kind of life. If we’ve become united with him in a death like his, certainly we will also be united with him when we come back to life as he did. We know that the person we used to be was crucified with him to put an end to sin in our bodies. Because of this we are no longer slaves to sin. The person who has died has been freed from sin.” (Romans 6:3-7 GW)
Sin’s power over us has been broken. Before faith in Jesus Christ we were sinners that were unable not to sin. Through faith in Jesus Christ we are forgiven sinners that now have the choice not to sin. And one day, the day of our full redemption, we will be a completely new creation who will not be able to sin. So what do we do now as we await the day of our full redemption? We learn to make the right choices, we learn to give the right offerings!
Paul tells us it is really quite simple. Sin needs a vehicle. It cannot get to its destination alone. The vehicle of sin is our body. What we do with our body will determine what power sin has over us. We now have the freedom of choice! We can choose to give our eyes to look at things that will cause us to sin, or we can gaze upon God’s Word and increase our faith. We can use our feet to go to places in the shadows, or we can run to the house of God to join the assembly of the faithful in worship. We can use our mouth to criticize and curse, or we can use our mouth to forgive and to bless. If we give our bodies wholly and completely to the Lord – sin is powerless, it cannot fulfill its desires!
- “Brothers and sisters, in view of all we have just shared about God’s compassion, I encourage you to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, dedicated to God and pleasing to him. This kind of worship is appropriate for you. Don’t become like the people of this world. Instead, change the way you think. Then you will always be able to determine what God really wants—what is good, pleasing, and perfect.” (Romans 12:1-2 GW)
So, the next time I am tempted to sin – let me ask myself this question – “What am I doing with my body?” Are my feet directed to run to the Lord? Are my eyes open to look upon His Word? Is my mind meditating on the promises of God? Is my mouth filled with the high praises of the Lord? Are my hands busy in serving and helping others? If I can ask yes to these questions – guess who loses? Sin! It really is that simple, and God’s grace is extended to us to give us the power to make the right choices and to offer the our bodies in complete worship to Him!
Lord, this morning I give You my mind, eyes, mouth, hands, feet – all that I am. May my life in its entirety be fully surrendered to You today, and may I walk in newness of life by the power of Your Grace as I daily learn to walk after the Spirit.
In Jesus Name!