Freed to Serve Through Death

Romans 7:1-6, The Message

“You shouldn’t have any trouble understanding this, friends, for you know all the ins and outs of the law—how it works and how its power touches only the living. For instance, a wife is legally tied to her husband while he lives, but if he dies, she’s free. If she lives with another man while her husband is living, she’s obviously an adulteress. But if he dies, she is quite free to marry another man in good conscience, with no one’s disapproval.

So, my friends, this is something like what has taken place with you. When Christ died he took that entire rule-dominated way of life down with him and left it in the tomb, leaving you free to “marry” a resurrection life and bear “offspring” of faith for God. For as long as we lived that old way of life, doing whatever we felt we could get away with, sin was calling most of the shots as the old law code hemmed us in. And this made us all the more rebellious. In the end, all we had to show for it was miscarriages and stillbirths. But now that we’re no longer shackled to that domineering mate of sin, and out from under all those oppressive regulations and fine print, we’re free to live a new life in the freedom of God.”

Here in the death of Christ I live. And serve.

Elyse writes,

“We serve because the Holy Spirit indwells us and we’re new. We have a new desire, a new inner law that commands us to love as we have been loved. We have the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit and we’re freed from trying to earn our Father’s love and welcome. We’re gloriously dead and even more gloriously alive!” {pg. 120, Comforts from Romans}

I don’t know what it looks like out your window today, but we’re covered in snow here, and it feels like I should be preparing for Christmas rather than Easter. Someone said it feels like Narnia in their neck of the woods, reminding me that God is making all sad things come untrue. That’s the message of Easter. Out of death springs life and hope. This is my comfort and peace.

One of my favorite worship songs, In Christ Alone, prepares my heart for Easter. How are you preparing for Easter this week?

Don’t forget to check the Crossway Blog today for Elyse Fitzpatrick’s final post for the Romans Reboot.

:: Tomorrow ::

Romans 7:12

Click here for earlier posts on Romans Reboot:

Invitation & Confession

Week 1: A Ruined RighteousnessThe Gospel of God...A Hidden GloryLoved by GodThe Righteousness of GodAccording to His WorksThe Praise of God

Week 2: But Now GodMeet Me InUpholding the LawExpecting a BlessingA Blessing to the Whole EarthCounted as RighteousWeek 2 Recap

Week 3: Standing in GraceWeakness & WrathReconciled & ReigningOn One Man’s ObedienceIdentity & RememberingUnder Law, Under GraceGod Forbid!