19 I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.
I’m a little obsessed with the question of how we are to live post conversion. I am fascinated by the concept that being reconciled to God gives us access to God’s divine plan for our lives. I am equally fascinated by the relationship between our sinful flesh and our regenerate spirit. The Apostle Paul spends a great amount of time in his letters instructing Christians on what this relationship looks like. Much of Paul’s instructions come in the form of exhortation. Exhortation is defined as language used to incite or encourage. We have to be mindful that when we read the letters to churches more than likely we will be called to some sort of action. We have to equally mindful that if we are being called to an action that action will be doable. Keeping that in mind re-read today’s exhortation from Paul.
Do you see the action in there? We are to present our members as slaves of righteousness with the same effort and vigor we presented our members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness.
All well and good, but what does it mean?
It means that we are to take control of ourselves and use our physical bodies for righteous purposes instead of sinful ones. Before conversion did you use your hands for violence? Use them now for service! Before conversion did you use your eyes to lust? Use them now to look away! Before conversion did you use your labor to fund sinful pursuits? Use it now to fund the efforts of the Kingdom! The challenge is not so much the action but rather embracing the fact that the action is doable. Let us not forget that Jesus died so that we too could die to the hold our sinful flesh had on us. Also, remember that just as Jesus rose from the dead by the Spirit of God that the same Spirit lives in us empowering us to do all things. The flesh is dead, a new life has begun.
Heavenly Father, you are mighty and vast, yet you are mindful of us individually. In your mystery, you have allowed rebellious sinners to be reconciled back to you through your Son. Miraculously, you take up residence in our very being to empower us to live the new life. Forgive us Father for living in the memory of sin’s bondage. Remind us today of your work and your reconciliation. Remind us of your power to live the new life serving you in body, mind, and spirit. We bless you Father and give you honor. In Jesus’ name. Amen.