Focal Passage: Romans 6:8-18
Why do so many Christians struggle with sin? I am not talking about the occasional sin, but rather a lifestyle that seems to breed continual hardships and dysfunction. In his book, Broken-Down House, Paul Tripp says living in this world is like living in a broken-down house. He writes, “Every single room has been dirtied and damaged by sin. Not one part of it shines with anything like the pure glory that was so evident when it was first made. Sin has left this world in a sorry condition. You see it everywhere you look.”
I agree with Tripp, sin has left its mark. Unfortunately, many believers never seem to rise above the brokenness and move forward in God’s restoration process. Certainly, there are numerous reasons why Christians struggle in life, but God does have the solution to our problems, in part, in Romans 6:8-18.
Out of the three solutions mentioned in our lesson this week, I believe embracing our identity in Christ is paramount (6:8-11). When a person becomes a believer, he is no longer confined to a sinful disposition. In fact, Christ’s finished work destroys the power of sin and transforms the believer into a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). Tragically, many believers do not embrace their new identity. Instead, they settle for spiritual poverty and destructive living.
Imagine if you were a poor commoner, and a king adopted and anointed you heir to the throne. Would you remain outside the king’s gates and continue to live in squalor? No, you would humbly assume the role of nobility and enjoy the fullness as the king. In a similar way, many Christians refuse to embrace their new identity as heirs of God. King Jesus has provided everything needed to enjoy the blessing of God, but many continue to remain outside the gates. They refuse to walk in the good that Christ provides and thus live a life with very little meaning and significance. Will you embrace your identity in Christ and enjoy the King’s provisions?