What I Read Today;

Genesis 16-18; Psalm 6; Matthew 6; Romans 6

There is a real struggle when we try to understand Romans 6.

On the one hand, we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  This is an undeniable fact and composes the doctrine of justification.

Some, however, were using this doctrine as a license to sin. It is this thinking that Paul was clearly denouncing in Romans 6.

There is an idea that floats around out there that sin has no consequence.  It is the idea that we can, on the one hand, be forgiven of our sins and saved by Jesus, and on the other hand, choose to live our lives any way we see fit.  It’s the idea that we can have it both ways.  We can live in the world and come weekly to dip our toe in the waters of Christ and be saved.

In other words, while we outwardly say we believe that Christ died for us, that fact fails to have any real impact on our lives.

Yet Christ calls us to follow him.  Jesus calls us to allow the Gospel to embed itself in our inner beings.  Jesus then calls us and tells us that we are to be the salt and light in a dark world.

We are called by Jesus to a life of discipleship.  Our walk should be bringing us closer to God and further away from the world around us.  The relationship we have with Jesus should be continually molding us.  If that is happening, then the things of the world, the sin that we see all around us, should become more and more repugnant to our very beings.

This was the idea that John and Charles Wesley had when they began the methodist movement.  It was also the idea that Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote about as he discussed cheap grace.

It comes down to this.  Are you giving your devotion to the sin around us, or are you devoting yourself to following Jesus Christ?

One thought on “January 6, 2020

  1. Quite right, Mike. Being a disciple means following Jesus; following our own inclinations is downright dangerous. There’s no other way than discovering Jesus, finding out what he says and does, and growing up to become more like him every day.


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