October 11, 2018
Romans 6:11-13 (ERV) In the same way, you should see yourselves as being dead to the power of sin and alive for God through Christ Jesus. But don’t let sin control your life here on earth. You must not be ruled by the things your sinful self makes you want to do. Don’t offer the parts of your body to serve sin. Don’t use your bodies to do evil, but offer yourselves to God, as people who have died and now live. Offer the parts of your body to God to be used for doing good.
When I meditate on these verses, I got some understandings:
1. When Paul delivered that message, his words were addressed to the church in Rome as one corporate.
In another word; Paul wanted the entire congregations to have the same understanding. No differences! Everyone must have the same perspective; that they already dead to sin and alive for God. No one is allowed by Paul to live only for himself, but only for the fulfillment of God’s plan for them in the city of Rome!
If those who do not have that understanding and perspective, Paul required them to immediately align themselves. Because the words of Paul is not an ‘invitation’ (optional) but a command words (it’s a must!). If they didn’t do it, they are positioning themselves as the opponent of the Kingdom of God.
Remember, the word that Paul conveyed was the gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven. That was the voice of the King! Obedience is the key to live a life that pleases the King!
2. Paul affirmed that there are many trials/offers for us to be controlled, governed, deceived by the evil to begin living in the individualistic life, and to return to love ourselves, money, and the world!
Therefore, he warned to the congregations in Rome which is a warning for us too, so that we actively resist these temptations!! Declare strongly and loudly; that we are already dead for sin and live only for God!! Declare that individualistic life has passed away, now we have entered into a corporate life to finish God’s will as one body of Christ!! Do it until our spirit and heart is burning and blazing to run the life as one body of Christ!
3. Build a strong awareness, that we are members of the body of Christ!
Therefore, our life actually is not own anymore, but belongs to Christ. And truly this body is moved by the head of the Body, that is Christ Himself!! Therefore we need to be accurately connected with the head, by thinking and saying the things from the Spirit/ Word/ mind of Christ!
If our relationship with God is healthy, then automatically we will be healthy too. Healthy people would function!! There would be no struggle or other considerations to do our part as the body of Christ! We will give ourselves totally to the fulfillment of God’s plan joyfully and voluntarily!!
What is the desire and will of Christ, what is in the mind of Christ? It is very easy for us to answer it, the answer is the birth of the ministry of the Body of Christ!! Let us make it happen!! Because indeed we are the body of the Head, that is Christ!!
Ps. Steven Agustinus