There is a Shark in my Deep-end!

Scott Murray | July 11, 2018

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Romans 6:1–4

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

—Romans 6:1–4

When I was a kid, my parents took me to a movie that would change my life forever: Jaws!

If you haven’t seen it, Jaws is about a huge Great White shark that terrorizes a small East Coast town, eating people and causing havoc. Ever since then I have looked at bodies of water a little differently. Not just the ocean, but lakes, rivers, and yes, even swimming pools.

I was afraid of something that was never there. I was fearful of an impossibility. Our minds are so powerful; we come up with ideas as crazy as a shark living in fresh water filled with chlorine in the middle of Scottsdale, AZ.

We do the same thing with our faith. Many of us have given our lives to Christ, but there is a problem: we still sin. So, if we still sin (we wonder) do we really know Christ? Or, (we worry) can we sin so much that God will turn His back on us?

Our passage for today tells us that if we are Christ-followers we should not keep sinning. It says that we have a new life, and that we should live in that new life. The lie we tell ourselves every day (and do a good job believing) is that if we sin enough, God will leave us.

But that is where the mystery lies. He won’t. He won’t leave because He said He wouldn’t, and because our salvation does not depend on our will, but His.

Questions for reflection and discussion: What are some fear-based lies you believe about your position with God? Is your salvation dependent upon your own perfection? What does the Bible say?

 

This week's devotionals were written by Scott Murray, the Young Adults Pastor at Wheaton Bible Church. Married to Katie and father of four, Scott graduated from Phoenix Seminary with a Masters in Biblical Leadership.

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