What Christ Has Done
Theme of the Week: Experience Sex as God Intended
Thursday, August 14, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. (Romans 6:13, NIV)
Dig Deeper: Romans 6:1-13
Paul commands us to [run] from sexual immorality. But this is much easier said than done. All of us have turned off the TV or put down the magazine. We've gotten rid of the Internet or instituted some type of electronic accountability system. But purely pragmatic strategies don't get the job done. Being commanded to "just stop" would be frustrating. The command alone is not enough.
When we are in the midst of being tempted, we must remember that our bodies have been made [instruments] of righteousness, not unrighteousness. We should dwell on this and let it motivate us. When we choose to sin, we choose to turn a blind eye to what Christ has done for us.
Christ bought us with the price of his life; that means our bodies belong to him and not to us (1 Cor. 6:15, 19-20). His death reorganized how our bodies must be used. If we really name Jesus as Lord, then we are under divine obligation to walk in righteousness.
But how is this accomplished? Is this just spiritual language or does it work? The great news is that the death [and resurrection] of Jesus is not only motivating; it is also empowering (Col. 2:12-15).
—Eric Mason in Manhood Restored
My Response: What does it mean to offer my body as "an instrument of righteousness"?
Thought to Apply: The only way to enjoy victory over sin is to rest in the victory that is already yours because of Christ's finished work.—Steve McVey (writer)
Adapted from Manhood Restored by Eric Mason (B&H Books, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Lord, thank you for the gift of sex. Forgive me for times I've misused this gift. Help me to begin each day by committing my body to you as an "instrument of righteousness" (Rom. 6:13, NIV).
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