The Resurrection in Daily Life
"So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life." (Romans 6:11-13)
Live in the new reality of the resurrection, Paul's saying. Live as those who have died in Christ to sin and now live in Christ for God and his glory.
This isn’t a higher level for those who have been playing the Christian game longer than you. This is the new status of all those in Christ—dead to sin, alive to God. You have been permanently moved from death to life.
So are you living like it? Have you noticed patterns in your life that are different from before you were a Christian? This is the healthy self-image of the Christian—you are dead to sin and alive to God in Christ. Jesus didn’t die to give you better opinion of yourself, better tools to live a good life. He died to beat sin for you. He’s brought you new life. So you do you live in that reality? Or do you play the victim in your sin? Do you live at its beck and call? You were saved to walk in newness of life.
Of course, sin will still cling closely. You will still be beckoned by it and find your heart tempted and at times straying. But your walk, your consistent habit of life, will be marked by becoming more and more like Jesus—alive in him. So Christian, do you have battle stories of sin habits you’ve had that are now broken? Do you struggle and wrestle to run after Christ in the midst of temptation? If you do, you are living out daily the power of the resurrection.
The resurrection is not just a historical landmark on the bus tour of Christianity. It is a daily reality for those of us who are in Christ.
And guess what, the best is yet to come. Adam was able to sin and chose to do so. And all of us in our slavery to sin find we can’t help but sin. We’re totally imprisoned by it. In Christ, we have "a foretaste of deliverance" and we’re able to grow in actually not sinning. We aren’t in bondage anymore. But one day, still to come, Jesus will return and we will finally and fully participate in his resurrection life. And in that life, we will no longer be able to sin. We will be completely new.
Paul writes in Romans 6:5, "We shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his." The day is coming. May it come quickly!