107/365 days of blogging.
Taken from The Daily Bread, April 17th 2005.
A 10-year old boy wanted to be a pastor when he grew up. One day, when the family’s black cat died, he had an opportunity to do some “practice preaching” by conducting a funeral.
The boy found a shoebox and pu the kitten inside it. When he placed the cover on the box, however, the tail wouldn’t fit in. So he cut a hole in the lid so that the log furry tail could stick out. Then he rounded up his friends, preached a short sermon he had carefully prepared, and buried the cat in a shallow grave.
When the service was over, he noticed that th tip of the pet’s tail was still sticking out of the ground. Every 2 or 3 days curiosity would get the better of him, and he would secretly pull up the cat by the tail and then re-bury it. Eventually the tail came off. And the body finally remained buried!
How many of us do this with our forgiven sins? We confess our sins, b ut we continue to drag them up and weep over them, even though God considers the ugly things buried once and for all.
In Jeremiah 31:34, God tells us that he will remember our sins no more.
“No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
In Colossians 2:13-14 it says “And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out-of-the-way, having nailed it to the cross.”
Before we believed in Christ, our nature was evil. WE disobeyed, rebelled and ignored God (even at our best, we did not love Him with all our heart, soul, and mind). The Christian, however, has a new nature. God has crucified the old rebellious nature and replaced it with a new loving nature. The penalty of sin died with Christ on the cross. God has declared us not guilty and we need no longer live under sin’s power.
We can enjoy our new life in Christ because we have joined Him in His death and resurrection. Our evil desires, our bondage to sin, and our love of sin died with Him. Now, joining Him in His resurrection of life, we may have unbroken fellowship with God and freedom from sin. Our debt for sin has gotten by God; and we can b clean and new.