12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, so that you obey its desires. 13 And do not offer any parts of it to sin as weapons for unrighteousness. But as those who are alive from the dead, offer yourselves to God, and all the parts of yourselves to God as weapons for righteousness. 14 For sin will not rule over you, because you are not under law but under grace.
(Romans 6:12-14, HCSB)

Show Them Who’s the Boss

As a father of two two-year-olds (no, that wasn’t a typo), I am frequently having the conversation about who is the boss in the house. It is amazing to me that someone so little can have such audacity to think that the world obviously revolves around him. As a parent, sometimes I feel that I say “no” much more than I say “yes.”

I will regularly look at my sons and say, “You’re not the boss. Daddy is the boss. You obey what Daddy says. This is not a democracy. You don’t even get a vote.” I’ll never forget that one day I was telling my oldest two-year-old, Obadiah, that he was not in charge and that I was the boss when he interrupted me and said, “No, Mommy’s the boss!”

He was on restrictions for the next week.

When someone or something tries to be in charge when they shouldn’t be, things get chaotic. In a home, it results in bad behaved children, in a spiritual walk, it results in bad behaved adults. Sin does not have the right to rule in our lives, yet it does rule when we obey sin’s desires. As Christians, sin has lost it’s authoritative power over us. It is gone. Yet we give sin the throne when we give up the fight and yield to sinful desires.

The only way to take back control in your spiritual life is the same way you would in your home – show them who’s the boss! What’s great about this is you’re not the boss. We are to offer ourselves to God (v. 13) and he takes over. In his reign, we can combat sin and stop living under the tyranny of immorality.

How are you to fight sin today? Verse 14 gives us a clue: remind yourself that you are under grace. Let the grace of Jesus‘ love today overwhelm you like it was the first time hearing the gospel. He knows all about your mess-ups, yet he still chooses to love you. That type of love ought to make you want to change landlords today.

Travis Agnew is a Christian, husband, father, pastor, author, blogger, and religion instructor.