I used to love playing with those fake plastic handcuffs. My brother would put them on me and I’d act like I couldn’t break out of them. Somehow, we incorporated that toy into just about every game we played. I think we played with them so much my mom started using them as a way to get rid of us for a few minutes. Our basement would be jail and the sentencing was fifteen minutes down there in those flimsy cuffs. We knew those cuffs didn’t actually have any power to keep us down there but we role-played the prisoner.
Subtract the fun and games part and I think those plastic handcuffs describe our struggles with sin far too often.
I never realized before this semester that God wants to make me Holy. I’ve believed that God looks on us with love and that He sent His perfect son to die for us, His perfect life, death, and resurrection a blanket of righteousness covering our sin. And that is absolutely true. But I never really believed God wanted to and will make me Holy. I just wanted to stay in bed with that blanket of grace covering me rather than boldly and confidently walking in the footsteps of my Lord and Savior who has given me new life.
…we died to sin, how can we live in it any longer? Romans 6:2
There are certain sins that feel inevitable. You expect to commit them. You might change our screensaver to a helpful verse, write a reminder on your hand, or even get an accountability partner. But honestly, you don’t think that sin is going to leave your life anytime soon. You believe the lie.
The lie is that you are powerless. The lie tells you that those plastic handcuffs hold power over you so you better stay down in the basement. This is what God’s Word has to say about the lie.
For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin, because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. Romans 6:6-7 (emphasis added)
There’s no handcuffs for those who Christ has made new. We are no longer slaves to sin. We are free. We are His. Our chains are broken and we can walk freely.
It’s time to live like that. Let’s make bold declarations in Christ that we are done with that sin. Let’s treat sin as sin, something defeated by Christ and defeatable in our lives by the power of the Holy Spirit working in us. We are His, and He will make us Holy.
My cousin Caroline, blogger extraordinaire, put it this way:
“The progress of my holiness is His alone to claim. He receives the glory for every victory over sin and He will not fail.”