“Consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 6:11)
“As a man thinks in his heart… so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7)
This is so true. HOW we think determines how we will live – the choices we will make, the way we will act and react. Everything is dependent upon what is forming and dominating our thought processes.
That is why the apostle tells us that we will be transformed by the renewal of our minds. If we don’t think in accord with what God has said about us, and done for us, we will always struggle to be the kind of Christians that we wish we could be (the frustration voiced in Romans 7!).
Everything is dependent upon our thinking.
This is why the apostle also gave us the command mentioned at the top of this page (Rom. 6:11). It is a two-part truth, working in tandem. We are to consider ourselves as “dead to sin, AND alive to God” at the same time. God does not just want us dead to sin – He also wants us to be alive to Him, and His purposes. He doesn’t just want us to live moral lives – He wants to bring the power of Himself into the lives of others, through us.
This word, “consider,” in the original language, is an accounting term. It means to take stock in (count up) what you have, so you can act accordingly.
Every weekend, my wife takes care of our family finances (because she is really good at it… and I am not!). This requires her to look at our bank account and “consider” our available funds. If we do not have enough resources available in our account, we have to make decisions about what gets paid, and what will have to wait. She “considers” our resources to know what we have, to determine her subsequent actions. Her actions are determined by what she “considers.”
The same principle applies to our Christian lives. God is telling us that we have these amazing resources supplied to us… His provision to live our lives in a way that completely pleases Him. BUT we are required to “consider,” or take account of God’s provision – and act accordingly!
This means that we must continually “consider” ourselves in the light of God’s provision and truth – even if we may not feel like it is true.
We must align our thinking with what God says. If He says we are dead to sin… that is the way we think – and act. If He says we are holy… that is the way we think – and act. If He says that we are whole… that is the way we think… and act.
Simple. But it can be really hard.
IF we continue to allow the “old you” to shape our thinking. IF we continue to let the past determine our present… and our future.
God is the God of new beginnings. But He is also the God of infinite possibilities.
And everything depends upon HOW we “consider ourselves.”
Prayer focus: God, I seek to align my thoughts with Your thoughts about me.