Romans 6:12-13. Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness.
Ok, this is one that may take some time for me to understand…. Mortal body, instruments, members… I wonder what I’ll learn here …..Ok, this is one that may take some time for me to understand…. Mortal body, instruments, members… I wonder what I’ll learn here …..
In 2014, Chris and I attended a preparatory class for our son’s baptism at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. The moment I remember most was our priest asking a class of anxious and sleep-deprived parents whether we felt baptism was symbolic or not. Most Episcopalians are baptized as infants, and what followed was an uncomfortable silence, which felt a lot like the way I felt after reading this bible verse for the first time.
I was baptized eight years ago in front of a packed congregation, in a hot tub on a high stage. I was in my early 40’s. I cannot say that the single moment of baptism transformed me (although it’s something I’ll never forget). But I do strongly believe baptism is a miracle. It’s a physical reminder that we can rise up and be better than we were a moment ago. The past is not just the past, it’s dead. To me, there’s not a clearer vision of hope.
So, why would we mortal bodies do anything other than use our instruments for righteous? Why is that even a choice that we would consider? Our bodies and minds are fascinating; God created something amazing when he made us. With perspective and age I learn more every day about what motivates us, but I don’t have these answers…. Yet something in me keeps striving to understand… moments of reflection like this feel like the way to deeper understanding, hope, joy and peace.
Thanks be to God.