Alive in the Living Room

In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Romans 6:11

It’s dead but it’s in the living room.

It was staring at me yet it’s dead – an elk head. With eyes wide open and horns outstretched, the animal’s neck occupies the living room where I’m talking about Romans 6:11, “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

History tells us this elk was alive, then it was dead, then it looks like it’s alive but it is really dead. Thanks to the work of a seasoned taxidermist. So when it was alive, it went to being dead and stayed dead though it looks like alive.

Paul points to this taxidermy lesson –> dead to sin, alive in Christ.

You were dead and into sin, but when Jesus gave his life and died on the cross for you, you receive life and became dead to sin. Like the elk, you become dead…to sin. Unlike this elk, you don’t stay in death and you don’t look like alive, you are really alive…in Christ.

So each time you stare at that mirror, know that you are dead – to sin. Remember that you are alive – in Christ.

You are alive in the living room.

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2 responses to “Alive in the Living Room

  1. marnigillard

    Wow, thanks!!!!! I have a “dead” deer sitting in my garage. My husband’s sister loved it. When she died suddenly, he knew he had to keep it. It’s in the garage such an UNCERIMONIOUS place for this once beautiful creature! We hang hoses on it. I feel BAD about how this living creature, once so alive and gorgeous, who is now DEAD, because of a hunter’s rifle, and living in our garage. But it works on me, and NOW I’ll think of saint Paul: I’ll think of DEAD TO SIN, but ALIVE in the Christ. Thanks!

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