Christians, if they aren’t careful, can get so frustrated with someone who lays no claim at all on Christ. They see them living in opposition to God’s laws and shake their heads in disbelief.
Yet, it should come as no shocker that lost people act like lost people. They don’t act as bad as they possibly could. No. In fact, many of them are kind, generous, thoughtful, etc. That point is also obvious. Yet, the original point is that when they sin, they are being true to their nature. Sinners sin. Go figure.
Something that may come as a shock to you is that it is completely unnatural for a follower of Jesus to sin. Will we sin each day and need to confess those offenses to God and receive cleansing? Yes. But, the Christian is acting against their new nature when they break God’s law and God’s heart.
“We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.”
This is no small matter because our beliefs about ourselves directly affect our behavior.
Folks who lose weight sometimes realize that in order to do so, they must change the picture that they see when they look in the mirror. They need to “see” a new them that’s slimmer and more fit. When they change the picture in their minds, their actions will eventually align with their thinking.
If you believe that you are bound by sin and cannot help but continue in it, you’ll live a defeated life. Yet, if you, by faith, believe that the ‘old you’ literally died and was placed on the cross at the moment you became a child of God, you’ll live with much more freedom. You’ll still sin but you’ll sin less and you will realize that you were acting outside of your nature so it won’t leave you defeated.
If you are a child of God, appropriate the truths of Romans 6:6-7 to your life today.