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Living for God

Romans 6:6-7, 11-13 (NCV)

We know that our old life died with Christ on the cross so that our sinful selves would have no power over us and we would not be slaves to sin. Anyone who has died is made free from sin’s control.

In the same way, you should see yourselves as being dead to the power of sin and alive with God through Christ Jesus.

So, do not let sin control your life here on earth so that you do what your sinful self wants to do. Do not offer the parts of your body to serve sin, as things to be used in doing evil. Instead, offer yourselves to God as people who have died and now live. Offer the parts of your body to God to be used in doing good.


Recently, I saw this quote on one of the social media platforms, “Me yelling at squirrels in the street to move so that they don’t die is probably the same feeling God has watching me live my life most days.”1  After enjoying a good laugh, I began to see some pretty strong correlations between this statement and how we must appear to God at times.

Just like the squirrels running in the road, we frequently put ourselves in perilous situations, driven by our thoughts, desires, and our confusion as to what is right and wrong. When we live our lives under these conditions, we open ourselves to the power of sin. And when we allow sin to take over, we begin to lose our way.

As Christians, we know better. Jesus died and took our sin upon Himself, but through His resurrection, He conquered both sin and death. Jesus has done so much for us; we should be more than ready to show our love and devotion to Him through our obedience.

We can show our obedience to God in many ways, but one of the greatest ways is by keeping our bodies set apart from acts we know to be morally against what God has taught us. Sexual immorality is a very perilous road to be on, and just like the hapless squirrels, we are very much in danger of losing our lives.

By being dead to sin, but alive to God through the sacrifices made by Jesus, we can live in such a way that we don’t allow our bodies to control our destiny. We can honor God with our minds, souls and bodies, and break free from the entanglements of sin.

[1]  3am Thoughts

Action Steps

1. Do you ever feel like the squirrels – that you are not in control of your destiny, and putting yourself in the path of sin? Think about practical ways you can change some of your behaviors so you are more in control of your direction in life.
2. Are you struggling with lifestyle issues that you know are against God’s will, but feel powerless to change? Or, do you know someone in this situation? PRAY, and ask for God’s help. Show God your vulnerability, and lean on Him for strength.

Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me and for giving me a path that leads away from sin. Lord, help me to stay on that path, and to always remember the sacrifices Jesus made to keep the path to holiness, righteousness, and eternal love open to me. Amen.

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