Daniel-son and Mr. Miyagi

Romans 6:11-14  11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 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. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

Daniel-son and Mr. Miyagi

Do you ever feel like you are in a bad remake of the the Karate Kid, where you are Daniel-son and Sin is Mr. Miyagi?  No?  Me neither, just wondering.  This being said, I hope you enjoy this blog for the very reason that you get so see how bizarre my mind works.  Where do I come up with this stuff?  I have no idea.  Anyway, back to you being Daneil-son and Sin being Mr. Miyagi.   The relationship between the master and the young grasshopper is an interesting one.  The master gives the sensei (Daniel-son) instructions and he has to do them.  However, these instructions don’t make much sense.  Paint the fence, wax the car.  “Wax on, wax off.”  The sensei begins to just do what the master says and eventually stops questioning it.

This is a good thing… unless SIN is the master.  We can develop that type of relationship with sin.  The things sin tells us to do don’t make a whole lot of sense, but we do them anyways.  We just start doing the wrong things because Mr. Miyagi said so.  And we end up being all sin karate trained and thus a completely messed up life ensues.  Encouraged yet?

Paul is writing to the Romans about the need to get rid of sin as a master.  He wants it dead.  “You are dead to me, Mr. Miyagi!”  Something like that anyway.  But it is going to be a choice.  We have to choose to count ourselves dead to sin and alive in Christ.  Make Him your master.  Emulate Him in your life.  Follow His instructions, even to the point of not arguing with Him when he gives them.  Do the things He tells you to do that don’t make sense.  We do it with sin so why not do it with Christ?  It’s time for a new master.  It’s time to look at sin and say, “you’re not the boss of me anymore.”   And when you are done saying that, live it.

Thanks a lot Adam

Romans 5:17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

Thanks a lot Adam

Boy, I have had a great time reading Romans this week.  There has been some really good stuff.  I just haven’t had any time at all to blog.  In fact, I don’t really have the time to do so today either.  But I did notice something about this verse that was very exciting.  Paul is writing here that the actions of one man (Adam) affected all of mankind greatly.  We can all recognize that.  But then he points out that the actions of one man (Jesus) also affected all of mankind greatly.  The difference is that Jesus brought abundant provision, grace, and life.  It’s there, it’s available.  Not just a little bit, but an abundant amount of it!  That’s amazing!

So if you find yourself getting frustrated with Adam, why not try thanking Jesus instead.  Sure Adam got us into this whole mess, but Jesus got us out.