Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:8-14
Have you ever considered your body and body parts as instruments of righteousness?
Your arms, hands, head, mind, legs, feet. All instruments of righteousness.
Ears, eyes, nose, mouth. All instruments of righteousness.
A better question for us might be, are we using these parts (and others) as instruments of righteousness? What would that look like? It might be worth our while and a very healthy experiment to explore this on our own because each of these parts will look different depending on where you are in life.
As you well know, the Christian life is filled with traps, pitfalls, and snares (among of course the blessings). When we drop our guard and forget who we are in Christ, we fall prey to the wiles of the enemy.
And make no mistake, our enemy is ruthless.
Yes, we know all that but how does it relate to today’s Scripture verses?
Simple. We all need an “edge” in this life, any edge we can get. For the Holy Spirit to work in us and through us, we need to be offering up these “instruments” regularly. Paul, in these verses, shows us clearly what this edge is; it is up to us to implement it.