15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.
34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.
10 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
Recently, after many years of pleading from our kids, we gave in and got a dog. Travor, our mini long-hair dachshund, is about the most adorable thing you will ever see, but he is equally naughty. Among the many house training activities we have been engaged in since he came into our home, he has recently been given to chewing electrical cords. I am certain that he is drawn to them because of the rubbery texture up against his teeth and how the cord flips and flops as he chews. As he enjoys the few moments before I catch him, I’m sure he’s thinking, “This is the life!”
This kind of thing is the same concern God shows for us daily, but in a far more perfect way. He cared so much about us that he gave us instructions on how to live this life to the fullest. Yet, so many times, we choose chewing on an electrical cord of sin over the vast array of enjoyable safe things God as provided for us. I find that we lose a sense of the word “sin” at times. We focus on the fact that it is a forbidden action, a no-no, and that doing it is breaking God’s law. While this is true, I think it is better to focus on God providing us guidelines on what is best for us. He is not trying to keep us from something worthwhile but to draw us to better things.
Sin always promotes self-slavery. It masters us, controls us, overpowers us. Those who are without the sanctifying work of the Spirit in their lives cannot escape it. They find in themselves a battle that, while they may want to be and do good, they can’t escape sins mastery. Why would someone who has experienced slavery and been freed ever want to return to it?
Sin always steals the good life from us. For years, the outside world has viewed the Christian life as a restricted, lesser life, but it is the exact opposite. Living life the way it was intended to be lived, the “righteous” way, is the only thing that can bring true life. It is the overflowing life that Jesus brought for those who would trust Him.
May we be those who are known for living “right”, so that the world can see what the abundant life can really be.