But I don’t wanna!

Ever have one of your children say, “I don’t want to?”  That seems to be the stand of the testing child, and probably everyone goes through it at one time or another. But when they say that they don’t want to do something, it is something that is usually good for them or something that you want done, a law put down by you, so that they can learn obedience. But the nature in them wants to reject that ‘law’ and do what they want to do, which is usually play. Are we as adults any different? Listen to what Paul says to the church at Rome about this very thing: “Therefore, did what is good cause my death? Absolutely not! On the contrary, sin, in order to be recognized as sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that through the commandment, sin might become sinful beyond measure. For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am made out of flesh, sold into sin’s power. For I do not understand what I am doing, because I do not practice what I want to, but I do what I hate. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree with the law that it is good. So now I am no longer the one doing it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For the desire to do what is good is with me, but there is no ability to do it. For I do not do the good that I want to do, but I practice the evil that I do not want to do. Now if I do what I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but it is the sin that lives in me.”  Romans 7: 13-20 So we go back to the child who is rebelling against the orders of the parent. He doesn’t know why he does not want to be obedient, he just is, and it is the sin that exists within each of us. As adults we don’t want to do those things that we know are put in place for a reason, but we know that we are obedient if we do, but everything within us hates being obedient. That is the perfect example of the law being good, because it reveals the sin in us that wants us to reject that which is good. It has been going on since the garden, when Eve, who knew not to eat of the tree in the middle of the garden, was taken in by the serpent to eat it anyway. He convinced her that nothing would happen to her if she did, other than she would be like God. So she ate, and gave some to Adam, and immediately they were ashamed. They knew they had done wrong, so they tried to hide it. From that time on, sin was present in the individual. It’s in you and in me. We will have it happening in us until we die and receive a new body, for the sin that is in us will die. But what is the answer? Jesus, who came to be a sacrifice in our place for the sin that would keep us from being in the presence of God. Jesus became the substitute for us; paid the price, and as Paul would finish this part of his dialogue: “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this dying body? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with my mind I myself am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh, to the law of sin.” 7:24-25 Thank You Jesus, for paying for that which I could not afford, to give me that which I cannot lose. Pastor Andy

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