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.
Have you ever witnessed a fight and hear someone say “count yourself dead”? A story was told about a preacher who was sent to evangelize a community where believers were constantly martyred. As he prepared for his journey, a close friend stopped by trying to persuade him not to go as he would certainly be killed. In response to his friend, the young evangelist gave a socking reply that got his friend thinking. “A dead man cannot die a second time, I am already dead” replied the evangelist.
Paul encourages us to consider ourselves dead to sin but alive to God. Just as the evangelist understood death had no more power over him as he was already dead, sin has no more power over you. This is freedom, knowing that Jesus has crushed the power of sin over your life gives you the strength to overcome sin.
As you go through this day, meditate on these words “CONSIDER YOURSELF DEAD TO SIN”
By Joshua Sopuru