Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Are You Where You Want to Be?

Bert talking with Justin (P.T. Doctoral Candidate Intern) 
My husband, Bert, loves to greet people with a huge smile and ask, “How you livin’?” His question (though perhaps a bit grammatically incorrect) is a great one for us to consider.

So ... how you livin'? Specifically, what kind of life are you living? As we conclude our study of Romans 6, I’m not talking about what social class you enjoy. Instead, I’m asking what return you are receiving on the choices you are making, especially as it relates to this week’s verses.

Romans 6 (NASB)
:21 Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed?    For the outcome of those things is death. 
:22 But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. 
:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Are you enjoying 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, so much so, that you are disappointed in the kind of person you’re becoming?

When I wrote the last question, I felt emotional because I understand feeling like a failure due to wrong choices. Indeed, God has brought me out of a past filled with regret.

Yes, many times, choosing to obey God’s directions is hard. But so are the consequences of sin.

Verse 21 asks what benefit or gain have you reaped from the things of which you are now ashamed. It’s an excellent question that can help us decide whether the resulting shame was worth it.

But how could your life be different today if you asked God to forgive you, and help you make better choices from now on?

Wouldn’t the resulting peace and joy be worth it?

We now conclude our study of Romans 6! I am being changed by the powerful, powerful chapter. What were your favorite or most challenging verse(s)? Were you able to memorize the verses - even imperfectly?

I will send you the weekly verses, formatted to fit a standard index card. You must be subscribed to the blog, via email. Leave a comment to let me know what translation you prefer.

As always, please remember that I’m here if you need me. You can use a pseudonym if you want to share a little about your struggle (via the comment link). I’d be honored to pray with you.


  1. You know Sheryl, I have read Romans chapter 6 so many times, yet when reading what you wrote I didn't recall it was scripture and I actually thought those were your words. That is a very powerful verse and your questions are certainly thought provoking and stirring in my spirit. I will have to think on these questions and my answers for a bit and come back and answer them later.

    1. Thank you for seriously considering the questions, Barbara.I look forward to hearing your answers!


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