04.14.17 Thoughts From Today’s Reading


Today’s Reading: Romans 6

1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 May it never be! We who died to sin, how could we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.

–Romans 6:1-4, World English Bible

I need to be reminded of my death.

Often.

I’ve died to sin.

Really?

That profanity-laced stream of obnoxiousness that came out of my mouth yesterday after a rather nasty leg wound reminded me that maybe I haven’t died to sin.

“I can understand perfectly how the report of my illness got about, I have even heard on good authority that I was dead. James Ross Clemens, a cousin of mine, was seriously ill two or three weeks ago in London, but is well now. The report of my illness grew out of his illness.

The report of my death was an exaggeration.”

–Mark Twain

Maybe sin is still at home here. Infecting me. Growing like bacteria. Making itself at home.

But I’ve died to sin, right?

I was baptized… 36 years ago.

Maybe a refresher course is in order.

O.U.: You’ve died to sin. You can’t live in it any longer. You were baptized into the death of Jesus Christ. You were baptized into his death–ceremonially buried–so that like Christ, you could rise from the dead. Live in newness of life. Be like Christ.

Lord, you remind me daily why I should be humble. I ain’t all that.

Lord, you remind me daily why I need you for breath, for life. I got no game.

Lord, please remind me daily that I’ve died to sin so I can walk in newness with you. The old way, the sin way, sucks.

Lord, I am a work in progress. Be patient with me. Remind me. Let your grace flow through me like a river of life.

Best,

O.U.

Photography by Tim Marshall

How does God remind you that you have died to sin? That you were buried like Christ?

 

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