Sin is far more destructive than many think today. It’s part of the human condition so, in a way, we have embraced it. Most people think there’s nothing that can be done about it except try harder, be better, work at it. But Paul uses an interesting word in Romans 7:13017 to describe our relationship to sin. He says we are a slave to sin. Another translation is that we were sold into it.
But how can that be? Did the law, which is good, cause my death? Of course not! Sin used what was good to bring about my condemnation to death. So we can see how terrible sin really is. It uses God’s good commands for its own evil purposes. So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. (Romans 7:13-17 NLT)
Are you familiar with the phrase “to sell out”? It often is used in the entertainment industry to describe someone who has left their values to pursue personal gain. It denotes someone who was meant to live a different way, but “sold out” and now is caught in a contract that they can’t get out of and have to live under.
Sin is the same. We were meant to live a better, greater, more alive life, but we were sold out and now live under a contract that we cannot break on our own.
Action: In what ways have you sold out to sin in your life? Are there areas that you recognize have a hold on you? How have you tried to curb those things and “better” your life outside of God’s help? Have you found that to work long-term?