Do We Really Want To?
Read Romans Chapter 6
Ro 6:18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. 19 I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness.
This passage holds a key for us in our quest for purity. It is quite a simple thing to understand, yet we have great trouble applying it to our personal lives. Look at verse 19. Just as we once offered our bodies in slavery to impurity, so now we are asked to offer them in slavery to righteousness. We are slaves to something. Either we will allow our bodies to serve same-sex desires, or we will allow our bodies to serve righteousness. We have a choice, but we often don’t believe we do.
Here is the simple part of the equation: if we were to wholeheartedly focus our undivided attention toward achieving righteousness, we would have no time to be seeking unrighteousness. If our minds were trained to seek God’s will and ways for every minute of every day, it would be almost impossible for our minds to seek our fleshly desires. If all our efforts were centered on doing God’s will, in every situation we face each day, there would be no room for our minds to wander away from God.
This is truly a simple fact. Our minds cannot wander off God’s pathway unless we allow them to do so. Even better, if we are consistently thinking of ways in which we can please Him, our minds are under His control. We become slaves to righteousness, which leads to holiness. We cannot be controlled by two such powerful forces at the same time. We and we only have the power to decide which one will be in charge.
Ro 6:11 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 the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. 14 For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.
Col 3:1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
These passages present the same message. I like Colossians 3:2 best of all – “Set your hearts on things above, not on earthly things.” We can do it if we are willing.
Prayer: Oh Father, we are so lazy! We would much rather that You take away our desire to follow the enemy’s leading. It is really hard work to train our minds to be completely sold out to You and make right decisions. Forgive us.