When Paul was writing the Romans, it was at the height of the Roman Empire. The people were involved in some very interesting lifestyles, to say the least. Paul knew that this lifestyle that they were living was dangerous and only lead to hell. As these people he was writing, were the early church of the city, he needed to impart wisdom on how to live for God. The people most likely had accepted Christ, but some were still living in their old ways.
“Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarrelling and jealousy. Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.”
Romans 13:13-14 NLT
Paul was not giving the Roman believers a set of rules to follow but a guideline of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. He knew that as believers we need to step up and out of the sin that we were forgiven for. To wallow in the dirt that we were cleansed by Jesus for, would not be much of an example to his mercy and grace.
If we have truly accepted Jesus as our saviour and desire to have a relationship with Him, we need to learn about who He is and what He taught. We need to see how He loved and how He was the example for us to follow. He let his life and his words speak for themselves, His words matched His action every time. No exceptions. I know personally, I cannot honestly say that is true of me. I am working to be a better man, boss, husband and father. But I stumble and fall, and I thank God every day that He picks me up, dusts me off, and pushes me to be a better man. If we don’t learn from our mistakes we are doomed to repeat them.
The road of darkness leads to an eternity of pain and suffering, but look what is ahead for those who walk with Jesus.
“For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him.”
Proverbs 2:6-8 NLT
It is time to make an honest choice between you and Jesus. Are you still attached to the wild ways of this earth? Or are you ready to say I am done with these things and want to change? I want to be a man or woman of integrity that people will be able to see Jesus in. I want to be all in.
If that’s you today I want to encourage you that it can be done. If you fall he will pick you up. But continue to strive to be a man or woman of integrity, it is so worth it.
Father, today I pray for each reader of this message. I ask that you have the Holy Spirit tug on each and every heart to walk away from the darkness. Jesus, you called us to be the light, let us claim that and be the light. I pray that we become a generation of men and woman who are full of integrity. Let us be an example of who you are, and love those around us as you love them. I want to be all in. Amen
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