Post by Faith Reboot’s Marietta Taylor www.mariettataylor.net)
Do you ever want to clean out your entire closet? Just start over.
That’s not always possible, because for most of us it would be cost prohibitive. But there is one closet you can clean out for FREE. It is your spiritual closet.
But why would you want that and how would you do it? Well let’s see…
The first step is accepting a free gift called Salvation. Who doesn’t like free? When we accept Jesus as our Savior, all our sins, our old habits and ways of doing things are nailed to the cross. (“Old” habits are those things that would not honor God. They don’t reflect the holiness that is provided to us by Jesus’ death.)
Think of it this way. When Jesus died on the cross all those years ago, he left individual invitations addressed to each of us. When we decide to accept him as our Savior, we learn that the invitation is an opportunity to clean out our spiritual closest.
A Fashion Upgrade
On the surface, it doesn’t sound like a good deal. You have to give up so many things. But as you keep reading the invitation, you see that everything that gets tossed out will be replaced with something even more fabulous and wonderful. So holding a funeral for our old way of life, our old spiritual clothes is a good and necessary thing.
Romans 6:5-8 says: For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with- that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
Why is this important?
Well, until Jesus became our savior, sin had a death grip on us. And it was done in a clever way. We didn’t even know we were being strangled to death. We thought we were independent and in control. We thought we were playing by our own rules, doing what we wanted when we wanted. But was that what was really happening? Nope. We were out there doing things that were supposed to make us happy. But when we were alone with our own thoughts and feelings, mostly we were not happy. We weren’t all that thrilled that we talked about that person behind their back.
Now that we think about it, we can’t believe we went that far with him. The exact moment to take that first sip escapes our memory and now we are suffering the consequences of every sip we took after that.
The temporary good feeling was just that, temporary. If you think about it, there were probably many times we didn’t really want to do something but we did anyway because we felt like we had to. Why? Because it’s what we usually did or because it was supposed to be fun. We really weren’t in control. Sin was. It had the death grip on us, choking us to death, sometimes with our willing cooperation. We were in slavery as verse 6 tells us. But now we are free. Instead of being dead, which is where we would have ended up if sin had its way, we are dead to sin.
Verse 8 says that because we died with Jesus we also live with him. Let’s look a little closer at that statement. Jesus did die on the cross, but He also rose from the dead and is now back in heaven sitting at God’s right hand. He is alive, well and available to us. That’s great news. But equally as good is the realization that because Jesus rose from the dead, we also get to rise from the dead.
We get to have a new life, one that honors and pleases God. We get to put on new clothes that make us look and feel more fabulous than anything else we’ve ever worn. Now that’s something a girl can get excited about!