“So then, don’t let sin rule your body, so that you do what it wants. Don’t offer parts of your body to sin, to be used as weapons to do wrong. Instead, present yourselves to God as people who have been brought back to life from the dead, and offer all the parts of your body to God to be used as weapons to do right. Sin will have no power over you, because you aren’t under the Law but under grace.” Romans 6:12-14
I love those moments when God speaks to you through others things that you have been thinking about yourself. The passage above has been on my mind several times over the past few weeks, and tonight in a study group, the message was conveyed again. Validation of something that had been on my own mind but I was unwilling/unable to act on the message God was trying to convey to me.
Now I will say this, maybe it was because I was listening and not acting. Perhaps there was something else there preventing me from taking the steps needed to start going along this path once more. There are things that I have been afraid of in my walk with Christ that I am slowly working through. What I find is that I will be hung up on something for a while and then through another follower the truth will be whispered to me.
When we are young in Christ we have to take baby steps toward the person that God knows we are. You must walk before you can run. We all have heard this time and time again, but it is so true. The problem when we are converted to Christ, or back to Christ in my case, is we have this burning fire within us that makes us want to run and jump and do all the things that the figures in the bible that we have latched onto does. Baby steps…
We have to learn and grow the way that Christ wishes us to learn and grow. He knows who we are, not who we are to become. He knows our heart and in that most sacred of places is who we really are. That is where the person we are in Christ is located. In that space is our gifts and passions, and in my opinion that is who Christ presents to allow us to pass through.
Now the very next verse in Romans 6 is “So what? Should we sin because we aren’t under the Law but under Grace? Absolutely not!” Paul hit that one right on the head. Just because we have this Grace does not mean we should intentionally cash it in. It’s like when you are playing Monopoly and you have a get out of jail free card, you don’t try to go to jail to use it. So why don’t we live our lives in Christ that way?
Sin wishes us to continue to act the way of the world, even when it doesn’t make sense in a worldly sense either. That is not how it is supposed to work. You have to go an additional step to grow in Christ. You can live in Christ to a certain point without opening yourself all the way up to Christ, but what’s the point. You have gotten all access passes to an event and you are not going backstage or even getting good seating, you are at the show parked outside without ever going in.
Why waste yourself like that? Why treat yourself like that is an even better question? Well I’m not wearing the right outfit for the event. So. I’m not a big enough fan. So, you will be. I’m not like everyone else that is in there. How do you know that? You are part of the club, come on in. Now getting to the show is a great first step, but you got to start walking sometime. That bumper car that you are put in at first to get your legs started to work and orient yourself vertically is all fine and good, but take that thing on a date… not really a good look.
For you to learn to walk, you have to try. Baby steps lead to a child’s steps to an adults step. We are still following footprints in the sand that was left 2000 years ago. Those sandals we cannot fill, but we can aspire to come as close to them as possible. You’ve got the all access pass, use it. You can talk to the band anytime you want.
As we move forward with our walk there will be time that we will need the help of those that have walked with God longer than we have. God will put these people in your life when it is time for you to get that help. The line of succession will continue on as one disciple teaches the next generation. Learn from them and honor them as you would Christ. Be always humble in your walk. The things that you are allowed to do through Christ is exactly that, through Christ.
If you try to do it yourself, it may work, but it may not. Even if it is the will of Christ, sometimes you must rely on Christ to carry you along the next phase of your journey. If you look in your bible you will see that most wondrous things if not all of them started with a man or woman of strong faith calling out to God to do the work or giving them the strength, wisdom or mercy to see them done. And so to shall your walk be.
Remember, start with baby steps, but don’t stop there. God is waiting for you to come see him backstage, go see him and who knows, maybe he is wanting you in the band. No matter what God has in store for you, and no matter if you are ready or not, God is there. Follow those footprints in the sand to God’s ultimate plan.
“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” Martin Lutherby