My friend thrust a blindfold over my head, helped me bend over and press my forehead against a bat, and then told me to spin around 10 times. I think I made it to 7 before falling over. When I got back onto my feet I heard my team yell, “Run, run, run!” I ran, alright. Unfortunately, my alignment wasn’t aided by my lack of sight and dizziness. I ran right out of the playing area, down a small decline, and straight onto my face. There are some summer camp games that I absolutely dislike, and this was one of them. Misalignment in that game meant pain, pure and simple. Misalignment for a Believer can be painful, too, when our life’s direction is not in alignment with Jesus’ direction…
In Romans 6:15-18, I believe that Paul is showing us The Personal Cost Of Biblical Misalignment
Here’s why it’s so costly…
1. It carries you back into condemnation
6:15, “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means” NIV
Paul asks an unthinkable question, and it’s answer is quite obvious. He asks (I’ll paraphrase), “Are Believers now free to sin without penalty?” The answer is obvious because it’s clearly revealed in the New Testament.
The New Testament reveals that when people choose to believe in Jesus they are forgiven and are given a new way to live (namely, love God and love others). Choosing to believe in Jesus brings us into biblical alignment. However, choosing to reject the rest of the New Testament brings us out of biblical alignment.
Biblical misalignment can be costly because it can lead you right back to where you started: following your sinful nature and condemned by the Law.
Please align yourself with the full counsel of the New Testament so that you’re growing your friendship with Jesus rather than moving away from it.
2. It reintroduces you to slavery
6:16, “Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey —whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness” NIV
Once you have chosen to believe in Jesus you can either choose to follow your sinful desires or your desire for friendship with Jesus. Faith doesn’t take this choice away from you, it gives it to you. If you follow your sinful desires you become a slave to them because you’re offering yourself to them. Choosing to believe in Jesus, but choosing not to follow Him brings you back to where you started: following your sinful nature and condemned by the Law.
Please align yourself with the full counsel of the New Testament so that you can expect the benefits that are given to the righteous.
3. It’s the rejection of freedom
6:17, “But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance” NIV
Rather than aligning yourself to your sinful desires, your allegiance is now to biblical teaching. You have been set free from sin, not to surrender to it again, but to live as a friend of Jesus. If you don’t align yourself to biblical teaching through obedience, the only other option is misalignment which will bring you back to where you started: following your sinful nature and condemned by the Law.
Please align yourself with the full counsel of the New Testament so that you will experience the freedom Jesus has offered.
Please plan to avoid Biblical Misalignment
Please schedule consistent, personal Bible study times. While you’re reading, please assess your lifestyle, using the Bible to determine that you’re moving closer into fellowship with God.
Biblical alignment isn’t perfection, it’s a matter of the heart. If you truly want to be a friend of God then please use the Bible to befriend Him.
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