Romans 6 (NIV 1984)
:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I sat opposite the principal of the private school where I was teaching. I couldn’t even look at him for fear of what he was going to say.
He cleared his throat and when he spoke, it was easy to see that he was nervous too.
“Sheryl, we’re going to have to let you go. You’re a good teacher; but your declining mental health isn't good for your students. We will help you find a good psychiatrist who knows how to treat eating disorders.”
The tears quickly streamed down my face. I was devastated.
What about you? What kind of life are you living?
I’m not talking about what social class you enjoy. Instead, I’m asking what return are you receiving regarding the choices you’re making?
Are you enjoying the good life: peace, joy, and fulfillment? Are you where you want to be regarding your character and legacy? How are the relationships in your life? On an even more somber note, are your choices earning you turmoil and regret? Finally, are you disappointed in the kind of person you’re becoming?
When I wrote the last question, I felt emotional because I understand the feelings of failure due to wrong choices. Certainly, God has brought me out of a pretty destructive past which yielded much sorrow – including not being able to raise my children and the loss of several jobs. And today I often choose to give into a sharp tongue, squandering time while watching too much TV – and I’ve noticed that I’ve been complaining a lot lately. (Bert may say I’ve been complaining for a lot longer than lately!) None of these behaviors will yield the return my heart yearns for.
Can you relate?
So, are we going to continue to do the things that offer only disappointment? Or will we finally begin to allow God to help us obey Him with every choice we make?
This week we conclude Romans 6! This has been a powerful, powerful eleven weeks for me! I have honestly been working on memorizing this entire chapter! I’m being changed because of it.
Even if you’re not memorizing this chapter, I hope you have been spending time dwelling on the verses. If so, which verse(s) spoke most to you? (I would really love to know.)
Bert loves to greet people with a huge smile and ask, “How you living?” His question (though perhaps a bit grammatically incorrect) is a great question for us as we end our discussion on Romans 6.
• How you living? Are you going to get a good pay check for your choices?
• How has God redeemed your poor decisions in the past? Will you trust him to redeem your recent poor decisions?
Next week, we return to weekly smaller sections of Bible verses to memorize/meditate and obey.