Picture this scene:
You are working for a boss that is very intimidating. They are very demanding and very controlling over you. Your experience with them is very unpleasant and there is not much you can do. (I feel for those who actually have bosses like this).
Anyway, one day, the president of the company fires that boss. They are replaced by a new boss, hand-picked by the president. This person is competent, has excellent character, and a godly leader. With this new boss in charge, you enjoy coming to work.
But a little bit down the road, you start getting calls during work from your old boss asking you to do some things for them, and out of habit, you comply. Then, one day, while you are driving home, you realize, “I don’t need to listen and obey my former boss, they are not in charge of me any longer”. Yahoo!, you know deep down you have been freed from this compulsion, this ingrained habit that you need to follow orders.
Christian friend, this is an example of what our Christian walk is like. Before we put our faith in Jesus Christ to be our Savior, we were led like a slave to impulses of our sinful nature. However, when we come to put our trust in Jesus Christ and believe that He died on the cross for our sins, something remarkable also comes with that belief—we too died to sin. That is, our “old man” the person we were before died, so that we now born again as a new person.
The Bible clearly says:
- Galatians 2:20 (ESV) – I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
- Romans 6:6-11 (ESV) – 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Christian, you will hear the demanding voice telling you to follow some temptation, but please keep in mind, that old “you” no longer lives. That person you once were before you gave your life to Jesus is forever gone. You may remember your former habits, but they are not a part of who you are today. They don’t fit well with the person you are today.
So, when you hear those demanding and tempting words from your old boss, your former fleshly you, JUST IGNORE THEM! DEAD PEOPLE DON’T RESPOND
Its like the other day when I looked in my mailbox to see a letter to a former resident of my house (I’m guessing they used to live there some time ago). I simply looked at the name on the envelope and put it right back in the box. That person doesn’t live here any longer!