Straight Arrows Part Three

Francis Schaeffer wrote a book called, “How Should We Then Live?” It is a question I often ask myself when I read a passage of Scripture that brings inner conviction. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Sin means to miss the mark.

Straight arrows don’t miss their mark. They hit the bullseye. Authentic followers of Jesus are straight arrows. Sin causes us to veer off course. The truth of Romans 6:1-2 needs to be engraved on the walls of our heart. We do not have to sin!

It says, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” In light of these two verses, I encourage you to ask yourself this question: how then shall I live?

The answer for us is in verses 11 and 12. They say, “…reckon yourselves to be dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.”

Dead things have no ability to respond. We sin because we bite the hook of deception that satan so cleverly dangles before us. Living for ourselves versus living for Jesus is the drawn line in the sand.

Verse 13 says, “And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin…”

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