I am trying to create a masterpiece. I love painting, I love writing, but the whole point is to make a bigger, better more lasting, masterpiece: my life. God created me with these cravings for a reason. He created you with certain cravings with a masterpiece in mind. He created us to do these things, not for the things, but for the end result: to glorify HIM. Jesus plans for us to live this life to its fullest, most beautiful capacity. That may include learning some lessons through very painful means, it may mean that some us have a long time to work or we may have a very very short time. But no matter what it is to be a masterpiece created with God in our tool box.
We can’t do that if we are wreaking havoc on our own life with sin. If we are not focused on following Christ’s commands, the masterpiece will never come to fruition. It will just sit there half complete, leaving everyone wondering what it could have been. Sin takes us off track, it turns our heads from what we crave to really do, what we were meant to do. What will lead us to God and love. It leaves a ruin in its tracks.
Don’t you want a masterpiece? Don’t we all want one? Don’t we all want the ultimate reward of life in heaven with Jesus, fully whole, after completing our masterpiece? Able to fully enjoy the final result?
I know I do, and that is why I will try to be dead to sin, alive in Christ, obeying and working on my masterpiece.
Here are a couple of the other verses in chapter 6:
Romans 6: 15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace?By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? ….22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[b] Christ Jesus our Lord.