Living as one who is alive
and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. Romans 6:13
I realize that this Bible verse has probably caused stress for many believers who can only imagine the difficulty or downright impossibility of living for God apart from sin. Of course, if we weren't viewing Biblical statements like this with the sin-conscious viewpoint of the religious world, we might hear something quite different, something very alive and miraculous. Contrary to what we may have heard, what we're confronted with here is true freedom in Christ, for the grace of God shows forth in this phrase, "as those alive from the dead".
What we have learned according to the law-based, sin-conscious view of grace is that we need to pursue a difficult path to reach a place as described in the above verse. And yet according to what is written there is a simple demand that we have no real option but to stand before God as those already raised from the dead. Do you realize how radical this is? Do you understand that fleshly religion has harped on you to present yourself to God as if you were still a slave of sin? But what can a slave of sin do other than present himself as dead meat? No wonder we fail at every attempt to live the Christian life, for according to that premise of death we already figured out that we simply can't do anything else.
If you are in Christ, you have been raised from the dead. Stand before God in this full assurance. Present yourself to him with no hesitation, for he has already made you worthy.
Spoonfuls of love and grace!