Blog
Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16   Entries 1-5 of 77
February 18, 2016, 1:42 PM

My Worst Enemy



Romans 6:19-21
I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death.…

One phrase that has become annoyingly popular in our politically correct word is: “what's right for me”. It is like saying that while I may not know what is best for everyone, I am the foremost authority on what is best for me. I really only have two problems objections to that statement, but they are pretty big objections. The first is rather simple. Nobody really believes that what they best for them isn't best for everyone else too. How many times have you fell in love with a product and tried to talk someone else out of getting because while it was best for you, it may not be best for them. The truth is, we draw validation when someone else chooses the same product or path that we chose.

My second objection is a little more layered. I object to the idea that I can be the foremost authority on what is best for me. Think about it this way: “If you know what is best for you, why is it so hard to do it?”  Good habits are hard to make and easy to break. Bad habits are just the opposite. I cannot count how many times I have killed a month of dieting with a Craving...that turned into just one small indulgence...that turned into a cheat meal, that turned into a cheat day...that turned into I'll start back next week...that turned into I'll start back next month...that ultimately turned into making the same New Year's Resolution as last year “but for real this time”. 

The truth is, that when it comes to what is best for me, I am my own worst enemy. That is exactly the point Paul drives home when he said that we are slaves to sin. How can I know what is best for me, when I am a slave to something that brings death and destruction?  

In Romans 6, Paul writes so well the lesson we learn from Jonah. Following God may not be the future that we envisioned for ourselves, but running from God never gets us where we wanted to go either. How can I know what is best for me, when I cannot even stop myself from sabotaging something as simple as a diet? We must come to understand that the only one who can know what is best for us is the one who knows what is ahead of us, and that is the LORD.


Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16   Entries 1-5 of 77