Alive from the dead as instruments of righteousness
Romans 6:13-14 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
I had the privilege of making a visit to the Elkhart Co Jail this week. It is always a highlight for me. For each time I visit, I gain some type of new insight or understanding. I know many statistics concerning incarceration & recidivism. Things like “80% of men who are incarcerated grew up in a home where the father is not present”.
If they talk about someone who prays for them consistently its usually a mother or grandmother, & most would say they are Christian. Most of them can do very well while incarcerated, however the day they leave incarceration, they often will default to the same place where they were last involved in some illegal acts.
In Romans 6:13-14 Paul makes an interesting point by saying “present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead”. Many times people want to include Jesus into their lives however nothing changes or they try to get “good enough” by their deeds. V 14 goes on record that we are not under the Law but under Grace. A particular man talked about the need to die but as I listened carefully, I realized he never saw himself as one coming back from the dead & alive in and through Christ.
Today I desire to lay all of my precious plans down before my Lord Jesus. He has given His life and now I must trust that He will care for my life even more than I do. I recall the day I died to my flesh and also found a new life in Jesus Christ. Its no longer me trying to stop sinning but rather yielding my dreams and trusting The One who gave all for me. As a young man I had many plans & dreams. Yet all of my dreams and plans pale in light of eternity, for they are largely not eternal. I could plan my day from daylight till dusk with plans to fulfill my dreams & yet they mostly will not last in eternity.
I have seen some of myself in the man in jail. I have held on to those things that are from my past instead of trusting Jesus with my dreams.
I am in my 4th month of infusion or chemo. This month they raised my chemo level again and it has been very hard on my body causing a lot of muscle pain that made even simple jobs difficult. I have one more week of treatments then my oncologist will run a series of tests to see to what extent the cancer has died or went into remission. The plan was if my body is responding well, we would go another 4 months to put it into remission. Shari & I both believe that God is doing a miraculous work in my body and fully expect a good report. I wish to say thank you to each one of you for praying or contributing in some fashion. We are so grateful to our God for each one of you.
Living for The Day,
Rick & Shari