Romans 6:13-14 esv
Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
Every moment of each day, we present ourselves to someone or some thing to serve as its or His instrument. We have a choice: to present ourselves to unrighteousness to serve it. Or to present ourselves to God that we can be an instrument for righteousness. God wants to actively live through us.
And interestingly, this works not because of laws. But because of grace. We are free to not serve sin and follow laws to be right with God, but we can follow the Spirit under grace. And therefore we do not have to live according to the flesh and respond to the law, but we can serve the Spirit.
So when you or I are tempted to lust, or lie, or steal, or backbite, it should not be a rule we look to for power to serve God. It is God Himself we look to and offer ourselves to for Him to empower us to do what He wants. Fascinating, isn’t it.
We are those who have been brought from death to life. But the law has no power to empower us to do right. NONE. Romans 8:1-5 esv:
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.”
- Do you look to rules or precepts to keep you close to God?
- Do you trust God’s Spirit to lead you in loving the Father?
- To whom do you present yourself to serve each day?
- Present yourself to God, alive to Him, to serve and know Him.