SCRIPTURE: Romans 6:1-2 (TM)
So what do we do? Keep on sinning so God can keep on forgiving? I should hope not! If we've left the country where sin is sovereign, how can we still live in our old house there?
Sin, its effects: How does a worm get inside an apple? Perhaps you think the worm burrows in from the outside. No, scientists have discovered that the worm comes from inside. But how does he get in there? Simple! An insect lays an egg in the apple blossom. Sometime later, the worm hatches in the heart of the apple, then eats his way out. Sin, like the worm, begins in the heart and works out through a person's thoughts, words, and actions.
Patti Page sang: Cross over the bridge Cross over the bridge Change your reckless way of livin' Cross over the bridge Leave your fickle past behind you … and while her song dealt with romance and love I believe it could be applicable to our daily living with Christ.
The reality is that we do not like change. On too many occasions we desire to be different (leaving our fickle past behind), but we have grown too comfortable with the way we have always lived (our old house).
Easter is the “cross over the bridge” time and the “worm” within gets to die! But the “worm” will die only if we cross over the bridge into the new life (a new country) that is being offered by God. And so, we turn our backs on the old, embrace the new and cross over the bridge to a resurrected life.
The real reality is that there has been planted in our souls (the heart of our being) more than one egg of sin. The struggle continues to kill the different worms as they hatch and begin their destructive work from within. Oh, no … another bridge to cross, another issue to deal with, another demand for change. Will it ever end? Well, yes, but only when we leave this world and enter into life eternal.
Up until that existence-changing-moment we will be faced with more bridges to cross, a little more of our fickle past to leave behind us, another worm of sin to kill, another change to make. Thus is the ongoing reality of a life with Christ.
Is it possible? Well, folks, we ARE Easter People and Hallelujah IS OUR SONG! Claim it … live it … love it … as we each cross over the bridge and change our reckless way of livin’ … Hallelujah … Hallelujah … let’s kill some worms today!
We are glad God that things do not have to remain the way they have always been and that we can leave our old country and enter into our Easter driven world!