Eyes speak so easily, Lord. Let the eyes You’ve created for me master the words, “Jesus loves you.”
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“Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call!” (v 6 MSG)
“…that means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life.” (v 11-13 MSG)
Walking down a timber path through a luscious park, You stroll with me as we head for Your Home and what You have prepared for me, Lord. We visit, we play. We laugh; we discuss. We cry; we sing. We whisper; we shout.
Along the way, voices and beings around us call out to distract me from our fellowship. One wants me to pause along the path’s edge to listen to a tale. Another begs me to see his stuff on display. Further along, one wants to share a piece of her mind about my stride. Still another holds out a big glass of lemonade and motions to a comfy lounge in the sun. One even hands me some cash and asks me to pick up something for her on the path ahead and bring it back later.
Only by maintaining my focus solely on You and our fellowship can I avoid those distractions and enticements. How much this scene is like the way sin tries to get me to move back into its neighborhood and stay. But in You and by Your sacrifice for me, I’ve “left the country where sin is sovereign, how can [I] still live in [my] old house there? … [I] still live in [my] old house there? … [I] packed up and left there for good … in baptism. When [I] went under the water, [I] left the old country of sin behind; when [I] came up out of the water, [I] entered into the new country of grace–a new life in a new land! … a grace–sovereign country.” (adapted from v 24 MSG)
Thanks for my new citizenship, Lord. Thanks for the freedom from sin’s tyranny and the freedom You bring. Help me to throw myself wholeheartedly and full-time into Your way of doing things. You’ve raised me from the dead! Your resurrection power is at work in me to make me just like Jesus. Amen.