# 3 The Myth That It Will Be Easier To Walk In A Manner Worthy Of The Lord… Later.

# 3 The Myth That It Will Be Easier To Walk In A Manner Worthy Of The Lord… Later.

9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. 11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

~ Colossians 1:9-14

 

Russian Figure skater Evgeni Plushenko was expected to do great things in this year’s winter Olympics hosted by his home country.  Unfortunately, as he was warming up for competition he injured his back.  The Olympic commentator said:

“His 31 year old body just couldn’t take it any more!”

And, all the 31 year olds shouted at the tele: “Hey!”

It seems like it was just yesterday that we were kids sitting on the living room floor watching 15 year olds compete in the Olympics.  Perhaps your parents looked at the tele, raised an eyebrow and inquired:

“So, Jr, what did you do today?”

Little more than 15 years later a sportscaster solemnly intones while shaking his head, “His 31 year old body just couldn’t take it any more!”

Time flies.

We tell ourselves we’ll start walking in a manner worthy of the Lord later, when it’s easier to do so.  After we’ve had our fun and sowed our wild oats, as it were: but it never does get easier.

The sin monster grows stronger the longer we feed him.

It only becomes easier by taking the first step: trusting in God’s promises.

It only becomes easier by the gospel:

13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Think about the sin that is hindering your closeness with the Lord the most.  It will not be easier to give that sin up tomorrow than it is today.  In fact, it will be harder.

Sin is a narcotic, and you are the producer, dealer, and addict.  Sin will never be easier to give up the deeper and longer you walk in it.

One of my favorite shows is “The West Wing” (1999-2006).  “The West Wing” combined the world of C-Span with the world of fiction resulting in characters who were unrealistically witty, quick, and likable.

Now, the character of Leo McGarry (Played by John Spencer 1946-2005) is the White House Chief Of Staff, a powerful non-elected position in the U.S. government.  In this fictional world Leo McGarry is Chief of Staff, best friends with President Bartlett, and a recovering alcoholic.

Over and over again in the narrative of “The West Wing” Leo runs into people who cannot fathom how a smart, capable fellow like himself could have so little self control.

Leo takes these occasions to explain that addiction is not logical.

You see, Leo’s brain works differently.

So does yours.

Addiction is not logical, nor is sin.

The good news of our crucified carpenter King is that as powerful as sin is, His atonement for sin is far more powerful.

Romans 5:12-21

12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned– 13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type ofthe one who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. 16 And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. 17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. 18 Therefore, as one trespassled to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. 20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

God gave us redemption and forgiveness through Christ.

Sin is illogical.  Sin is a hunger for that which never satiates.  Sin would have you gorge yourself to death.  The illogic of sin is conquered by the illogical gift of God the Son’s life on the Cross for mankind.

It will not become easier to follow the Christ along the narrow path (Mt. 7) tomorrow than it is today.

The Apostle Paul puts it this way:

Working together with Him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2For He says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.”Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

 ~ 2 Corinthians 6:1-2

Soul meet joy.

I leave you with the Apostle Paul’s encouragement to rise and shine.

11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

~ Romans 13:11-14

 

#1 The Myth Of God’s elusive will.

#2 The Myth That One Must Choose Either Joy Or Obedience.

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