Born Again With the Option to Sin?
I once was lost, but now I’m found! Now what? I gave up the pleasures of seasonal sin and now I didn’t know what I was supposed to do with myself. I wasn’t the only one in this quandary. My husband said, “So what do we do now? Just sit and look at each other and say Hallelujah?” I knew how to sin really well, but now that I am born again…what? I’m changed, but to do what and why? Since it wasn’t very clear, did I still have the option to sin?
Growing up we thought the Church was the white building on the country road nuzzled between a forest of trees. When you are in the building, everything you knew that was sin and wrong was left outside the door of the church. The communion table, the pulpit, and the front pew (during revival) were sacred and untouchable. I’ve seen church furniture treated better than some of the people were treated. I know, I know. Probably shouldn’t have said that, but its true!
Once you were outside of the building you could light up a Salem or Kool, get a swig from the canteen of sorts, and gossip or cuss all you want. After all, you are not INSIDE the church. Born again with the option to sin.
It is sin for us if the Holy Spirit told us to stop. It is called disobedience.
I needed somebody to disciple me and quick! The Lord loves us so much and has wonderful fulfilling plans for us, so He sent someone who could train me in the way that I should go. It wasn’t always easy; nevertheless, they hung in there with me. When that particular mentor’s part was over God sent someone else, sometimes more than one. With all of that learning, repenting, growing, and seeing my own heart, also understanding what God expected from me, I humbled myself. I am no longer in charge of my own life (never was), He is.
There are two major things that born again people are to do while here on Earth. One is to know, the other is to be. Know that YOU are the Church. YOU. Not the building that we gather in. Whatever you choose to do outside the building should be okay to do inside the building because the building does not dictate who you are. You are the Church, the Body of Jesus the Christ, who is the Head. Once you have been properly trained (that means the Bible way), BE who you say you are and who God called you to be. When you are about your daily business spread the Gospel.
Use words if necessary (St. Francis).
Wherever the Holy Spirit leads, or whoever
He brings in your presence…Be the Church.
That’s who you are...and we know this!
YOU DO NOT HAVE THE OPTION TO SIN!
See Romans 6:1-2