“There are easier things in life than trying to find a nice guy—like nailing jelly to a tree, for example.” --Unknown
A while back, I went to a Dallas Mavericks game (basketball, for those of you around the world) with my son Cameron. A friend gave us second row seats right by the court. It was even more exciting because the people in front of us never showed up. We had an unobstructed view of all the action!
Which was great—until we had an unobstructed view of the Dallas Mavericks Dancers! Wow. When the referee called the first time-out and the dancers pranced in front of us, my son looked at me and said, “Daddy, those ladies don’t have enough clothes on, do they?” I answered, “No buddy, they don’t.” And then, of course, he started looking at them again, so I grabbed his chin and said, “How about we make a deal? Each time they come out, we look at each other and talk about something.” Now, every time we go to a Mavericks game, we have great conversations!
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. –Romans 6:11-12
I couldn’t help but look around at all of the men ogling those dancers, many with their wives sitting right next to them. I was heartbroken at what was surely taking place in those ladies’ minds: “He hasn’t looked at me like that in years,” and “What’s wrong with me?”
While making offerings of ourselves to the Lord, we don’t want to forget that our bodies are a big part of that. We must make a decision in moments of temptation that we will not offer our bodies up as instruments of sin. Your body is neutral; it can do things that are holy and magnificent, and it can do things that are desperately wicked. When we try on our own not to sin, we inevitably focus on the very sin we are trying to avoid. We must allow for God to cause Holy Spirit-driven choices when it comes to the use of our bodies.
Don’t allow sin any foothold in your body. Make the decision early and often to give your body as an offering to the Lord Jesus and not to the enemy. That night at the Mavericks game, by God’s grace, we were led and empowered to turn away from sin (by turning away our heads) and turn it into something positive (a choice to engage in meaningful conversation).
May this become the pattern of our lives moment by moment!
Father, I don’t want sin to gain any foothold in my body. I want my eyes and other parts of my body to be offerings of worship to You and not to sin. I know I can’t do this in my own strength. You know I’ve tried, and You know I’ve failed. I surrender to You and the presence of Your Holy Spirit in me. I give up trying and depend only on You. Show me the way of escape. Then move in me to make it happen. Then show me the positive alternative thoughts and actions You have prepared for me to walk in. Thank You!
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