William was tired of telephone solicitors. They would always seem to call at inopportune times, offering products or services that held no interest for him. Nothing seemed to dissuade them. So, he changed his tactics.
“May I speak to William, please.”
“Actually, you can’t. William died.”
“Oh … I’m so sorry” Click.
The number of calls has diminished dramatically.
Now, you might think that such a tactic is deceptive, but, in reality, it was true for William. Colossians 3:3 tells us, “For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” William really is dead. And, in all honesty, I think William is on to something.
As Christians, we have two natures. There is the sinful nature – the old Adam – and the new nature through Christ. Both are real. Both are present. But we get to choose which one we feed and nurture.
If someone else – or even your own inclinations – tries to entice you to be involved in some sinful activity, you can respond, “I can’t. I’m dead.” Romans 6:11, tells us, “So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.”
The most potent weapon we have to overcome sin is the Word of God. There are few verses that offer more practicality than these. We’re dead to sin. We have a new nature.
When sin comes knocking at your door – or when your conscience is riddled with guilt – remember: you’re dead.