The following was written after a conversation with a friend late one night….
There was a man…He believed in Jesus, was raised in the church. He was actively involved in the life of the church. But he, little by little, allowed sin to take hold in his life; soon he was living in open sin. His life was immoral. He still claimed to believe in Jesus…but he was really dead in his trespasses and sins. The fruit on his tree of faith was beginning to rot. “The wages of sin is death!” Rom 3:23
There was a man…He believed in Jesus, was raised in the church. He was actively involved in the church. His whole life centered around the church; he served the church. He was doing all the right things! But, little by little, he began to go through the motions of the faith. He still claimed to believe in Jesus…but inwardly, his life of faith was dying. The fruit on his tree of faith was beginning to rot. “The wages of sin is death!”
Two men: one openly living a sinful lifestyle – dying from the outside in; one going through the outward motions – dying from the inside out. Both experienced the reality of death; both needed to have Life restored. By dying to self, confessing their sin inward and outward, by turning back again to the life-giving, life-transforming Spirit, they tasted again the GRACE of God! They were dead; He had made them alive again in Christ. “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.”