“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these things, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in the knowledge and image of its Creator.”
True, biblical repentance means to “put to death” the things that belong to your earthly nature. When we put something to death, there is no life left in it. As Christians, the book of Colossians says that new life consists of daily being renewed by God and His Word, which includes doing our best to walk in the knowledge of God and always seeking to be remade in the His image! Sound easy? Sometimes it seems that way, other times it seems difficult, causing us to try and repent of our sin a bit less dramatically. We punch and hit our sin, shove it every now and then. The problem is, sin is Satan’s way of destroying our lives. It is big and powerful, no matter how harmless it looks.
Take a look at the pictures below! These are real images of a small car on a wildlife preserve in Africa. The car is trying to take a shortcut, and “ease” around the elephant. The elephant looks so cute, and the driver has absolutely no idea how strong and powerful it is. As he neatly tries to sneak around the beast, it gets annoyed and pummels his car – lights out!
This is how dangerous sin can be. Why do we play with it? Try to sneak around the boundaries of it? Try to manage it, rationalize it, downplay it? After all, it doesn’t seem that harmful – a little peek, a small lie, a little flirting, harmless cheating – it can’t hurt. Wrong. Sin is big, powerful, and bent on your destruction. Let’s practice biblical repentance. Let’s kill it. Don’t try to sneak around it, blow past it with your foot to the pedal and don’t look back. Instead, let’s race toward the perfect image of our Creator!