Friday, April 29, 2011

The intersection of abandon and abound! Romans 6:1-2

Good morning everyone,
Romans 6:1-2 says, 'What shall we say then?  Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?  By no means!  How can we who died to sin still live in it?'  The 'old self' is gone and the 'new self' is reflected in who we are in Christ Jesus!  When we think about the ones that set the example for us to live like Christ, Paul immediately comes to mind.  You are talking about someone who did a complete 180 and abandoned that old self to sin and methodically lived out his days for Christ!  Did he struggle with doing things that reminded him of his old self?  Sure he did, but instead of focusing on the past, Philippians 3:13b-14 says, 'forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.'  He didn't waller in the mud!  He didn't let satan dictate his calling!  Instead he sought the face of Jesus with 'wild abandonment!'  Do you struggle with doing the things you don't want to do?  Well if we are honest, we probably all do.  But the beautiful thing of following Christ is He removed all that old baggage you were carrying and He didn't intend for you to take it back.  He wants you to trust Him with your whole heart and know that He is there when you stumble.  He is there to help you regain your balance and plunge forward in Jesus name!   1Thessalonians 3:12-13 says, 'and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.'   Brothers and sisters, He made you to serve others and show them the love of Christ!  Get out there, don't look back, and serve with 'wild abandonment!'
Your brother in Christ,

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