Thinking about thinking… about “dead to sin”

λογίζομαι,v {log-id’-zom-ahee}
1) to reckon, count, compute, calculate, count over 1a) to take into account, to make an account of 1a1) metaph. to pass to one’s account, to impute 1a2) a thing is reckoned as or to be something, i.e. as availing for or equivalent to something, as having the like force and weight 1b) to number among, reckon with 1c) to reckon or account 2) to reckon inward, count up or weigh the reasons, to deliberate 3) by reckoning up all the reasons, to gather or infer 3a) to consider, take into account, weigh, meditate on 3b) to suppose, deem, judge 3c) to determine, purpose, decide – {{from greekbible.com}}

I’ve been processing through the idea in Romans 6:11-12 for the last few weeks. I’ve really been trying to chew through the meaning of “consider yourselves dead to sin”.

I find it somewhat interesting that I’m spending so mental thought on the process of mental thought itself – what does it mean to “consider” something? Especially when that something that I’m considering is my own death to sin.

Does anyone else see the inherent contradiction? If’ I’m considering myself as dead to sin, that means I’m mulling over my own sin in my mind, right? How can one who is truly dead be mulling over anything? Wouldn’t that person just be decomposing (if they’re truly dead)?

Ah, but that’s the whole of it… The process doesn’t just stop with the thinking phase; how you put that thinking (about being dead to sin) into action makes a big difference. I found that the Message translation by Peterson really put it into interesting perspective for me:

From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.
That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time–remember, you’ve been raised from the dead!–into God’s way of doing things.
Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God.

(the Message, Romans 6:11-14)

I loved the phrase “don’t even run little errands” that are connected with sin! So, as you’re walking through the day today (this week, this month, etc.), remember to be conscious of the little “errands” that might be tempting you to sin. Instead, say to yourself “I’m dead to sin… and alive in Christ”. Then consider what life-related thing you’re to be doing instead.

It’s made a huge difference in my quality of life!

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