We Should? – We Must!!
Read Romans Chapter 6
Ro 6:1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
My Sunday School teacher recently said something once that I had never thought about. He said that we must discontinue using the word “should” when speaking of spiritual matters. After further explanation, I realized what he was talking about. We often say sentences like this one – “We SHOULD become more like Christ.” Or, we say, “We SHOULD be striving to be done with our sinful behaviors.” There are many statements we make where we use the word should, when we must be saying we MUST.
Today’s passage gives us a good example of our mistaken way of saying things. Paul did not say, “We should not go on sinning so that grace may increase.” He said, “By no means can we go on sinning so that grace may increase.” I am guilty of soft-pedaling our obligation to be done with our misdeeds. We can no longer afford to give men and women an “out” when it comes to avoiding sin and living a Christ-like life. If we continue to say that we should do this or that, or that we should not do this or that, we unknowingly give ourselves an excuse for not heeding God’s instructions. I hope to change incorrect wording in any of the devotionals that have been written in the past, and hopefully avoid giving us an out in future devotions.
In this passage, Paul clearly pointed out that we have died to sin. When Christ died, we died with Him, along with our desires and selfishness. We followed Him in death so that we could follow Him in resurrection. Our lives were buried with Him, so that we could “live a new life” (verse 4). Because we now belong to the kingdom of God, we are children of the King, brothers in Christ and with Christ, our lives MUST be different. We have excused ourselves long enough. We have no excuse for our sinfulness. I have no excuse for my sinfulness. I can no longer say I should obey Him. I must learn to say I MUST obey Him.
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.
Ro 6:19 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.
We have been given a priceless gift. We have been granted eternal life through the death and resurrection of our Savior. What on earth could be so valuable that we refuse to give it up to honor and glorify our Lord? Absolutely nothing! Next time we are tempted with porn, lusts, or sexual misconduct, let’s remember that we must listen to the Spirit instead of the flesh. “Should” must have no place in our minds as we make our decision to resist temptation.
Prayer: Lord, we have indeed given ourselves excuses, when there were none available. Strengthen us, that we will not consider any option other than complete obedience. Thank You for the incredible patience You have shown us as we have chosen wrongly time after time. We are weak, but do not let us use that as an excuse, or anything else as an excuse, for our behaviors.