Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? Is sin a fact and or a defect we have little control over? Is the answer lie in what we determine will rule in our hearts? If so, does the power of sin have anything to do with our ability to sin or not to sin?
My friend, lifes a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
Currently the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives are controlled by one party. This means that a single political party holds a majority in both houses of Congress. In a sense Congress is ruled by one political party. The majority in the Senate, however, is very slim, whereas the majority in the House is more generous. Historically, as this is a two party system of government, majorities in Congress move back and forth over political eras. There are also times when one party may control one house of congress with the other party in majority in the other. The fact of the matter is this: somebody is always in control; in that sense in a ruling position, every two years depending upon the results of elections every two year election cycle. If you are the party who rules for the moment there are perks. House and Senate committees are controlled by the party in the majority with each committee made up of a majority of that particular party. Other perks include the Speaker of the House, the third most important position in government behind the President and the Vice President. Rule in all cases is fleeting, however, since party rule is dependent upon a majority, and that majority is dependent upton whom the voters choose to represent them.
In many ways you and I are like Congress. It’s a two party system ruling our bodies: sin on the one side and Jesus Christ on the other. When obedience to the will of God is foremost in our hearts, Jesus Christ rules. When disobedience to God’s will intervenes, the party of sin is in the majority. Like those voters, we are the choosers and determine who rules. Congress is all about choice and choice rules. Our will to sin or not to sin is no different.
Here’s a thought from John Fischer. There is something terribly right about realizing that our struggle with sin is in many ways similar to an alcoholic’s struggle with drinking. It’s never over. How often I find myself talking about sin in the past tense as if being a sinner is something I'm beyond–a page turned in the book of my life. But sin is like alcoholism. Sinners are never cured; they simply decide to stop sinning, and it’s a daily decision. (John Fischer, Contemporary Christian Music.)
Isaiah 53:3 states: “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with grief.” Was Jesus’s grief and sorrow a result of the manner of his death and suffering? Hardly, although it was a gruesome death, Jesus’s sorrow and grief arises from our choice to elect sin to rule in our hearts. Sin is, as Oswald Chambers has stated, “a fact and not a defect.” The fact is we determine which party rules in our hearts and that the power of sin itself has little to do with it. We cast the votes and give majority and power to whom we wish: the flesh or Christ. In this past presidential election, as in all elections prior, there were losers and winners. Victory for some meant defeat for others and defeat brings about sorrow and grief as a result. It always does. From a congressional standpoint that grief may someday be turned into joy should the majority change in Congress. Likewise, when you and I cast a vote for Christ’s rule in our hearts over sin, the victory of Christ’s atonement has majority power and rule in our hearts. One must rule and the other not; it’s purely our choice.
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We pray. Thank you Lord for giving each of us the opportunity to choose not to sin by the power of your Holy Spirit. Forgive us Father when we allow the power of sin to overcome our will to obey. Remind us daily Lord that sin is a choice, a great struggle that never ends. Only through perseverance and endurance will we be able to make sure that Christ is the daily majority and ruler in our hearts. May we always be circumspect in this, willing to make sure that the minority power in our hearts is always sin and not Christ. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. This Passing Day. (Matt 6:34)
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