11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
Amazingly, following Christ is a daily and specific choice. No one can start their day and naturally follow God. There is simply too much chaos and too much opposition. The enemy hates each moment we follow after our Lord and Savior. As such, he spends every waking moment trying to work his way in to disrupt our lives, trust and fellowship with God.
In response, Christians have to make a choice each day to offer themselves to follow the Lord. From our thoughts, to our appetites and through our actions, we have to choose to walk with the Lord and not independent of him. The too critical parts are our hearts and our minds.
If we do not give our hearts–our desires and allegiance to him, then we begin to simply follow out of obligation and our faith becomes a religion–like every other religion. Next, we have turn our thoughts our mind toward our walk with God. In my life, I have found that I am most loyal on the things mind focuses on. That has to be a moment by moment choice–because, like it or not, we are all spiritually ADHD!
It is a choice, but, one that with transform us into the most fulfilled and purposeful beings on earth. Help me Lord to commit my all to you today!
God Bless You
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.