Romans 6:11 “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Ever watch one of those funny home videos where people go to the zoo despite all the signs that warn them not to feed the animals, and they feed the animals? Then the animal decides it wants more, like their glasses, their hat, their shirt sleeve or whatever else it can get its hands on. I’m sure that they saw the sign, but they thought to themselves, “Nothing will happen to me!” I think they need to change the signs to say, “Hey You! Yes, you with the bag of peanuts looking into the monkey cage. This sign is for YOU. The last guy who did that got his arm chewed up, so DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!” But they don’t make signs that big and people probably wouldn’t listen anyway.
As Christians, we treat sin a lot like that guy at the zoo. With Christ as your Saviour, sin or more specifically our sin nature, no longer rules over us. Christ is now in charge and has given us His Holy Spirit to live within us. We are free to say no to sin and its temptations so that we can live for God. Sadly, Christians like to play with sin and temptation to see just how close they can get to the cage of the wild beast to feed it with the carnal pleasures of this world. Your parents, preacher, and youth leader are all warning you to stop feeding the sin beast, but you say to yourself, “Nothing will happen to me!” Have you ever considered why so many good teens have fallen into life-ruining sin? It’s because they thought sin was a harmless caged animal that they could play with without consequences. Sin is a destroyer and if you get too close, it will destroy you. So stop feeding the animal!
Senior Pastor | Rose Park Baptist Church of Holland, Michigan