Archive | November 14, 2012

The elections might be over, but you still vote every day, right?

After the election is over as far as we think it “over”, hopefully God has your attention.  “From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word.  Your are dead to sin and alive go God.  That’s what Jesus did.  That means that you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives.  Don’t give it the time of day.  Don’t even run little errands that are connected with your old way of life.  Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time-remember, you’ve been raised from the dead! – into God’s way of doing things.  Sin can’t tell you how to live.  After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer.  You’re living in the freedom of God….As long as you did what you felt like doing, ignoring God, you didn’t have to bother with right thinking or right living, or right anything for that  matter.  But do you call that a free life?  What did you get out of it? [How’s that workin’ for ya’?]  But now that you’ve found you don’t have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise!  A whole, healed, put-together  life right now, with more and more of life on the way!  Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death.  But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master” (Romans 6, various verses, Message Bible).

I wish that I could write like this and take the credit for such wisdom. But, this is Paul talking to the intellectual Romans (and to the intellectual others in any culture).  I can’t say it any better.  I’m reading Romans in the Message Bible.  How inspiring and what fun to hear what God is saying in this version.  Read something new in God’s Word today and be filled with life.