Allison Mangrum – Worship Leader
I recently saw a teenager on a bike crumpled in the street after being hit by a car. Luckily, he was alive and didn’t seem to have any major damage done to him, but the whole ordeal was pretty horrifying. Not 10 minutes after I left the scene of that accident, I noticed the car in front of me swerving back and forth into the bike lane. When I was finally able to pass this car, I looked over to see the driver with his phone propped up on his steering wheel and he was texting. I was so irritated. I wanted to pull the guy over and tell him about the accident I had just seen. I wanted to grab him by the shoulders and say “don’t you realize you could kill someone?!”
But the thing is, I wouldn’t be telling him something he didn’t already know. I mean, we all know that texting while driving is dangerous. We all have heard and seen the consequences of texting while driving. And yet, so many of us keep doing it anyway. We make justifications like, “I’m a really good driver, so that would never happen to me” or “This text is really important and it will be quick.”
Isn’t that just like sin? We know what scripture says about sin. We all have seen and felt the consequences of sin. And yet, we keep doing it anyway. We even make justifications for our sins to make ourselves feel less … sinful.
“It’s okay for me to listen to this gossip because I won’t repeat it.”
“It’s not really stealing if I need it and they won’t miss it.”
“It’s ok for me to have sex with someone who isn’t my spouse because God just wants me to be happy.”
And so it goes. We know sin is bad, but we just keep on doing it and hope we come out on the other side unscathed.
When I want to do good, I don’t; and when I try not to do wrong, I do it anyway. Romans 7:19 (MSG)
Even the apostle Paul struggled with knowing what was wrong and doing it anyway. It seems to be a part of our sinful human nature. But Paul goes on to say,
“Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! … Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 7:24-25; 8:1-2
Thanks be to God, indeed! Jesus paid the price so we can be free from sin! And since he has freed us from our sin, it’s time for us to stop living as slaves to our sin. Let’s fix our eyes on Christ, follow in his ways, and live freely in the knowledge of his grace!
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:1-2