My dear friend, Kara posted this song on her facebook yesterday and I've had it on replay ever since...in my mind, if not on my computer. I've been reading in Romans for the last couple weeks and this song fits in so well.
"Where sin runs deep, your grace is more. Where grace is found, is where you are.
Where you are Lord, I am free. Holiness is Christ in me!"
"Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life-- no longer at sin's every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ's sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection...Never again will death have the last word...You are dead to sin and alive to God. That's what Jesus did!
That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives...Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time-- remember, you've been raised from the dead!-- into God's way of doing things. Sin can't tell you how to live. After all, you're not living under that old tyranny any longer. You're living in the freedom of God!
So, since we're out from under the old tyranny, does that mean we can live any old way we want?...Hardly. You know well enough from your own experience that there are some acts of so-called freedom that destroy freedom. Offer yourselves to sin, for instance, and it's your last free act. But offer yourselves to the ways of God and the freedom never quits. All your lives you've let sin tell you what to do. But thank God you've started listening to a new master, one whose commands set you free to live openly in his freedom!
Now that you've found you don't have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a suprise! A whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more of life on the way! Work hard for sin you whole life and your pension is death. But God's gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master."
selected from Romans 6, as translated by Eugene Peterson in The Message
Happy weekend, friends!