Crimes against Christ

October28

 

“People conceived and brought into life by God don’t make a practice of sin” (1 John 3:9 MSG)

Question: hate to grill you this early on but I’m going to go ahead and ask this anyway. Would you die for Jesus? 

Goodness gracious me, now that’s a great big question! Now before you go and jump to conclusions I’m not talking about giving up the ghost, I’m talking about dying to sin. Here’s the thing, if you want to be alive to God you’ve got to be dead to the world; makes sense right? 

You still think you can have the best of both worlds? Well here’s a news flash for you; you can’t dabble in sin and serve God at the same time; you’re just kidding yourself. It’s quite the impossibility. 1 John 1:6 (NLT) echoes this, “we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness”. If you keep on walking in your own way you haven’t crucified the flesh, actually you’re kind of resurrecting it, bringing it back to life every time you choose to sin instead of serve; yikes, now there’s a scary thought. Every time we give in to sin we’re raising ‘the old man’ from the dead, and he’s killing ‘the new man’. Know what I mean? 

1 Peter 2:24 (ESV) turns our attention to Jesus, “He Himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.” Do you really think that Jesus hasn’t a bit of a bother about us raising our old man from the dead? Our old life should stay six feet under. Anyway, whatever the devil is throwing in your face to lure you away from your Love is just a passing pleasure at the end of the day. 

The one thing that will survive with us beyond the grave is our sacrificial service. Only what’s done for Jesus will last longer than this life. I don’t think I could face Jesus on Judgement Day if I knew I wasn’t giving this life a serious shot. How about you? 

Let’s wrap this up with Galatians 5:24 (NIV), “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.” We all know that the sinful nature craves what is contrary to the Spirit; Jesus never said this God-life would be easy-going. There’s going to be a fierce fight between the flesh and faith. Just remember, if you are a child of God you can’t go on committing crimes against Christ. 

Think upon these things:
If you aren’t prepared to die to sin, you will never truly live for Him. It’s hard to hear but oh-so true! 

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