Some people can’t help but routinely check their social media on their phone — it’s quite literally a habit that doesn’t take much thought. They hop on the phone to jot down a note or reply to a text and before they realize it, they’ve opened and scrolled Instagram for 20 minutes. It’s an impulse for some.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a person connecting on their social media channels, and this post is not a slam on people over-using or using social media. But the picture of that person’s impulsivity greatly exemplifies what a Christian’s life used to be like before Christ set us free.
At one point, we were actually slaves to our sin. It was our habit. Our old self’s desire for it coupled with temptation was a perfect recipe for impulsive, habitual sinning. It came naturally because it was our nature. Our fallen nature bound us to that lifestyle. Of course we chose to make those poor choices, but the idea here is that we could not change our behavior by sheer will. And we didn’t want to change, either.
Then Christ set us FREE.
We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. - Romans 6:6-7
If we have been set free from sin, why is it that some Christians still allow sin to rule over them? Note the distinction here; it is not “why do Christians still sin” — this is about a Christian allowing a habitual sin to grip their life. Here are some thoughts on why we, as believers, might allow sin to rule over us:
There are innumerable ways we can work on preventing each of these issues from creeping into our lives, but we can begin by recognizing them. Take an assessment of your spiritual life – are you controlled by sin? Do you habitually run to your old ways? Like the illustration at the beginning of this post, do you feel like you cannot control yourself? If so, consider reaching out to a friend for help. A friend that you trust and know will give you spiritual guidance & biblical truth. If you don’t know someone like that, come and talk to us! We will work side-by-side with you – because we are all on this journey of spiritual growth together. We will meet you where you are, and we will bring both grace and truth. We would love to hear from you.
And then, since it’s likely you did come across this article while browsing social media (no problem!), consider sharing this with your friends.
Dr. Wynne Kimbrough is the editor of this resource.
Some of the articles are written by him while others are found and shared with permission from the original authors. Some of of these authors wish to remain anonymous.