“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.” - Romans 6:13
It is a fact that when you know something is true and believe something is true, you will act like it is true. When your mind is right and your heart is right you will do what is right. Romans 6:13 tells us how to live in a way that aligns with what is true about us as children of God.
The word “offer” is used five times in this verse. It means, “to yield, surrender, or present as a sacrifice.” Every part of your body is to be presented to God as “instruments of righteousness.” The word “instruments” can either mean “tools” or “weapons.” This is absolutely key to having victory over sin in your life. Your body is both a tool and a weapon. It can be used as a tool to either build God’s kingdom or to tear down your life. Your body is a weapon that can either be used to fight against sin or to fight against righteousness.
Once again in these verses believers are urged to call sin’s bluff. We are not to let sin use us or abuse us. Think about it, the only thing sin can use against a believer is his body. Our souls have already been saved. We belong to God and no one can snatch us from His hand (Romans 8:1). But while we wait for Christ’s return, when we will be given a new body, we still lug around these bodies of death. Here, we are called to offer every part of our body for God’s glory and honor. We may have to carry our flesh around, but we do not have to be carried around by our flesh. We can choose what we offer ourselves up to.
Grace not only frees you to do what you should do, it also gives you the ability to do it. With God’s grace, you can rise up against sin. You cannot look at pornography and offer your eyes up as a sacrifice to God. You cannot speak profanity or gossip and offer your mouth up as a sacrifice to God. You cannot listen to false, malicious truths about other people and offer your ears up as a sacrifice to God.
When Jesus died on the cross He dealt with both sin and the sinner. He did more than just forgive you – He made you new. He did more than just pardon you and let you out of sin’s jail cell; He gave you the ability to stay out of that jail cell forever. You can rise up against sin. In your mind, remember who you are. In your heart, believe what your mind knows is true. Then with your body and your will, act like who, and Whose, you are.
Father, Thank You for making me new. Today I offer up my body to You as a tool and a weapon for Your kingdom.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Topics: Christian Living