What’s Happened To You?

This past Sunday morning a young lady walked up to a couple she knew very well in her church.  They talked for a few moments and then suddenly the young lady asked this couple if they wanted to buy her baby.  This couple was in shock.  They did not know how to respond, so they went to the altar to pray.  After the service this couple called the police and the police arrested this young lady.

I must admit, as I read this article from Foxnews.com, that I found myself asking, “What was wrong with this lady?”  As I continued to read the article I discovered this young lady had been engaging in drug use.  The addiction had so overtaken her life that she was even willing to sell her baby to feed the addiction that possessed her.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, I am so thankful that in Christ we have victory over sin.  Here is how Peter describes this very fact, “Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,” I Peter 4:1.  As followers of Christ the power of sin can no longer control our lives.

However, some who read this will undoubtedly respond, “If this is the case, then why do Christians fall prey to addictions?”  Here is Peter’s answer, “We are to no longer live the rest of our lives for the passions of the flesh.”  Yes we have power, in Christ, to overcome sin, but we must choose to rely on that power and resist the passions of the flesh.  The goal of our new life in Christ is for the world to see us differently.

Peter describes this life as follows, “With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery,” I Peter 4:4.  Oh how wonder to live a life that causes people to ask, “What happened to you?” But oh how awful to live a life of sin that would cause people to ask, “What happened to you?”

This very morning I asked the Lord to continue to work in my life so that my life would reflect his life.  I want his life to be lived out in my life so that he would be glorified.

I truly believe this mornings blog is a wakeup call for some who read this.  It is time that you take inventory of what is happening in your life. Maybe you find yourself in the place where you are slipping back to where you used to be? If so, confess your sin to God.  Come back to Him in humility and express His fresh power to overcome sin in your life.  Or maybe you are striving to follow Christ and it is time you take inventory so that you can praise Him even more for His work of grace in your life.

May the world see Christ at work in your life today.  When this happened the world will take notice.

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