What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
This is the question that asks, ‘Will I take the easy road of self-indulgence today, or will I submit to the way less travelled?’ The way of Jesus. There are several different words that are translated as ‘sin’ in the bible; rebellion, trespass, debt, and some concepts that are understood as sin, like ‘giving in to temptation’, but they are all summed up in the Greek word ‘hamatia’, which means to miss the target. That’s the word for ‘sin’ in today’s text.
How often are you satisfied with a shoddy job? I expect you are not satisfied with yourself when your efforts are ‘half-assed’, nor when others supply you with similar mediocrity. Missing the target of love, which is sin because God is love and God is the target, is a life of unhealthy and broken relationships. Sad, broken, distressing, unsatisfying and unfulfilled, that’s what sin means for our lives. Jesus, through the waters of baptism and the daily infilling of the Holy Spirit, calls us into exciting and fulfilling lives.
Surely it makes no sense to deliberately keep on missing the target of love when we have Word and Spirit, and since we have been washed clean.
Sunday, a week ago, we learned that the Zero Gravity of a life in Christ is also typified by Focus. When we focus upon our old self and its wilful desires, we miss the life God has planned for us. When we focus on Jesus, the abundance of life in God is available through His open heaven. Weightless, Focused and Buoyant. A life with Capacity and the Movement of the Spirit in and through us.
Lord, help us to choose wisely every day. Give us the grace to swallow the Gospel pill and move into the river of life to have our old self drowned and the saint raised to life again.
Today's devotion provided by David Schuppan, LifeWay Illawarra Site Pastor