Let us carry out a very brief opinion poll. No cash prises though. Why would you not continue in sin?
A huge percentage says because sin is bad
Another percentage says because sin has terrible consequences.
Let’s consider God’s view point on this issue. Why should you and I not make a habit of sin?
What, shall we say then? Shall we go on sinning that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Romans 6:1,2
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named amongst you, as becometh saints. Ephesians 5:3
The reason you and I have been called to live a life free of sin is not just because they are out rightly evil or because they would prove to people something has come over you. Rather it is because we have been made new; in the very likeness of God.
Once we ran under the course of this world, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind and were by nature children of wrath … but now we have been set free with a new seal and mark upon our spirit.
We can’t be comfortable in those things anymore.
Imagine a fish given a remarkable transformation into a wild dog. You bet it would find the water less appealing. In fact it would abhor it totally. Not because it has anything to prove but because it’s new life runs contrary to that. It is a new being.
Consider this next time that urge comes to just give in a little. Realise you have been made new in Christ Jesus; A child of God in righteousness.
Don’t be fooled, God has not called you to a life of struggle with sin. You have been given the victory over sin. The word says that sin shall no more have dominion over you because you are under grace and not under the law – Romans 6:14. The slave it (sin) once had rule over is gone. There is a new man now around
Get out of that slave mentality to sin and all its devices. Realise you have got what it takes to say No and to live in righteousness unto God (Titus 2:11 – 13). I know you may have thought it is impossible to live free of sin. But thank God for the victory we have obtained in Christ Jesus. It’s no mistake when John said we cannot continue in sin. Note the word cannot. 1st John 3:9
Catch you next week
– bolaji akanni