Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:13-14
There was an old preacher who bought a used lawnmower from a member of his church. He took the lawnmower home, filled it with gas and oil, and began to pull on the starter cord. No matter how hard or long he pulled on the cord, the lawnmower would not start.
Frustrated, the preacher took the lawnmower back to the church member. “Sir, you promised me that this lawnmower would run. No matter how many times I pull the cord, it refuses to start. I have worn myself out trying to start it.”
The man replied, “Oh, I am sorry preacher. I forgot to tell you that in order to start this lawnmower, you have to cuss a few times to get it going.”
The preacher was startled. “Well, you know I am a preacher. I have been saved for over thirty years. I am not sure I even remember how to cuss.”
The man smiled and said, “Well, preacher, you just keep pulling on that cord. It will quickly come back to you.”
The old nature is like that. It is still there. We long for the day when it will be gone, but those old sinful habits can creep back in. It is a daily battle. The battles that we fight against the old nature today will need to be fought tomorrow as well.
The good news is that we are new creatures in Christ. If we act like He wants us to act, then the new nature will be evidenced. The old nature does not have dominion in our lives anymore, but that does not mean that it will not creep back in. By daily surrender and having God’s help, we will be able to overcome the old nature.
Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.