Tidings for Tuesday

Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin, but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. Romans 6:13

There is nothing particularly attractive about a worm crawling along a branch of a tree. Some people might even find such a creature ugly. But we all know the story of the butterfly, don’t we, where the little worm spins a cocoon and goes to sleep, emerging some time later as a vision of loveliness, one of nature’s prettiest sights. The process is called metamorphosis, which involves a creature changing from one shape to a completely different shape. Even the diet changes. For example, a caterpillar eats the leaves of certain trees or bushes, while the butterfly that the caterpillar becomes eats only nectar and other sugar-containing fluids. It all sounds a bit like God’s salvation, doesn’t it? But there is one huge difference between metamorphosis and salvation: a resurrection from death is required for us to enter into God’s salvation.

Our text refers to those who have been raised from the dead. We were dead in trespasses and sins. And the devil had the use of our members and our abilities. But in Christ we have been made alive. We have been brought into a new creation. And within that new creation, that new life, we have the ability to submit ourselves to God, something we were unable to do before. Like the butterfly, we have a new diet, the sincere milk and the meat of the Word of God. All things have changed, including our alliance and our interests. And our members are now available to God, although, unlike the devil, He doesn’t demand. God wants us of our own free will to yield our members to Him. Only by such freewill service does God receive glory; all other service is of obligation or requirement.

When we think about the reasons why we can now serve our Lord, we must surely be ashamed not to. The resurrection into which our salvation brings us – death to the world and life unto God – is possible only because of the death of the Lord Jesus for us. What a tremendous price He paid for us to receive this liberty! The love that the Father had for us to send His Son, and the patience that the Holy spirit had for us to strive to bring us to repentance, are all reasons for us to yield our members in grateful and willing service.

Like a butterfly that glides through the air instead of crawling like a worm, let us rejoice in our new life. And let us live that life in service to the one who has raised us from the dead. -Jim MacIntosh

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