“Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? ” Romans 6:16
Obedience – another word that quite honestly kept me from going to church for a long time. Obedience meant yet “another” authority over me. While I’m confessing, I must admit I was always a little rebellious over any authority. I was a “good person” so didn’t really see any need for authority. Whether I was right or wrong, I was right – this is not something I’m proud about but it’s the truth.
Obedience requires submission which leads to humility. This sounds absolutely dreadful to the proud, rebellious sort. Being submissive requires trusting in who or what you are going to submit. None of us want to submit to something that points to our failures. Therein lies my point – submitting to something that points to our failures. The enemy had me convinced that condemnation was part of being a Christian. The devil doesn’t tell you the part about Jesus hates the sin not the sinner. Just like when a loved one has a terminal illness, we hate the illness but we love the person. If we had the cure for that illness, wouldn’t we want that person to come to us for the cure? But that person’s friend is telling them don’t go there, you will have to get rid of that illness before you see them. Doesn’t make sense at all does it?
Jesus IS the cure to our sin nature which is the terminal illness we are all born with. It isn’t until we come to Him that we realize how terminal we were, not only that but we are spreading the disease to those we love until we are healed. Once we are healed, the illness may try to come back in a different form. What do you do then? Go back to the Healer or submit to the illness? Will you go back to the Cross of Jesus to be healed?
The Lord will meet you at the Cross as many times as you need Him. He is long suffering and patient and wants to see you healed. Condemnation is not part of the healing but part of the disease. Obedience of submitting ourselves to Jesus is a blessing because of His grace. How many of us submit daily to the lies of the devil because we worry about what others may think? Others who may be spreading the same disease. Maybe it’s you the Healer, the Lord Jesus Christ, wants to heal so you can show the others how they too can be healed of their sin nature. We don’t walk into the doctor’s office healed, we don’t walk into the doctor’s office telling the doctor how to cure us. We walk into the doctor’s office wanting to be healed. We are gladly submitting to the doctors orders to be healed.
“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, ‘If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’ ” John 8:31-32.
Jesus paid the price for our salvation. The Lord paid the price for our healing. We don’t go to Him healed, we come to Him broken. Broken from the constant condemnation of satan. Broken because our sin nature has caused us to be obedient to the god of the world and not the God of Heaven. Our cure is at the Cross of Jesus. We have the prescription for eternal life and it starts here:
Dear Lord Jesus,
I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. In Your Name.
Meet Jesus at the Cross.