Lent: Day Thirty Five

For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” - Romans 6:31

When I was in second grade I got in a fight during recess. I don’t remember what it was about or how it started. I do remember the other guy cried and I felt a little bad. Then later in class this came over the loudspeaker. “Travis Holtan, please come to the principal’s office”. I heard the low mumblings of my peers, and my face burned as I passed my classmates.

Have you ever done something super embarrassing? Or have you ever made a huge mistake? Something that when you think about it you still turn red and feel it in your stomach? What do you do with that? Do you tell people about it? Do you try and remember it daily so that it won’t happen again?

We don’t normally focus on our embarrassing moments, but we do tend to do that with our sin. We struggle with wanting to do what is right and failing despite our best attempts. It becomes a cycle and we end up putting a lot of thought and effort into being “good” by not doing wrong. It ends up consuming a large portion of our spiritual life.

I don’t think we were intended to live this way. There is wisdom and value in taking time to put practical steps in our lives to keep us from sin, but we need to make Jesus a priority (Hebrews 12:2). We need to put our attention on Him and what He does for us.

As long as I am focused on the guilt of my sins, I will be captive to them, and will often find myself re-committing the very sins about which I feel the most guilty.

The acceptance of the Gospel, however, slays sin at this root point and stops sin’s power over me. The forgiveness of God, made known to me though the Gospel, frees me from sin’s power because it frees me first from its guilt. Reminding myself of this forgiveness is a practical way of putting the gospel into operation as a way to diminish sins power in my life.” -A Gospel Primer

Try this: Don’t let your sin be your master, instead look to Jesus. Spend some time in prayer thanking God for the good things in your life.