“So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.” (Romans 6:11, NLT)
This is an incredible statement to be making to the believer in Jesus Christ. By his sacrifice Jesus Christ has made us dead to the power of sin.
We see this reality take place in our life when, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we put to death the misdeeds of the body. Sure, the old nature lurks around, always trying to re-assert itself (which it does, if the Spirit is not in control of us).
We are God’s offspring and are to be responsive to his working in us. We are talking about relationship here. Our task is to make sure we do nothing to short-circuit the power of God working in our life.
Paul reaffirms the relationship concept, writing, “So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.” (Romans 7:4, NIV)
“But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.” (Romans 7:6, NIV)
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20, NIV)
Christ living in us is relationship!
His power can flow through us if we choose to let him live his life through us. God wants relationship with us in our everyday life. He wants to continue his story through us if we will allow him to convert us into being the yield-active converterlators he wants us to be.
We want to be the agents of change—the people who are converting the perishable values of this world into the imperishable values of the next world. I have discovered that the more I allow myself to be used in this way, the greater my desire is to invest in eternal values—values that trump the desire to consume and invest in the perishable values of this world.
It is time for us to “suit up,” get off the bench, and be an active member of the King’s team, playing hard in the Super Bowl of Life. Remember, we are dealing with the eternal destinies of myriads of people in this lost and dying world.
Today, ask yourself:
Am I a “bench warmer” or an active member of the King’s team in the Super Bowl of Life? If I were to be tried in court today, would there be enough evidence to answer “yes” to that question?