Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Why “Just Say No” Doesn’t Work

Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: "Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!"? These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence. Colossians 2:20-23

Nancy Reagan taught us to “just say no” to drugs. I never had to say “no.” I was never asked. I never missed out on the experience. I never lost my brain cells. It just never came up. Does that mean that I’m better than anyone else? No, other than walking on clouds and enjoying a diet of angel food cake, I’m exactly like you.

Every single one of us has a sinful nature. We didn’t cause it. We didn’t want it. We just came with it. Many people spend their lives indulging their sinful natures. When asked why, they respond, “Well, this is just how I’m made.” Others spend their lives denying their sinful nature. The work of holiness to them is simply to avoid sin. If they deny their sinful nature, then they can feel secure about their relationship with God. Both have the same problem. One just tends to enjoy their problem more.

Whether your issue is false fulfillment or false humility, it comes down to the same issue: sensual indulgence. Whether your life is out of control or you are in control, there is no controlling your sinful nature. In fact, the illusion that you are controlling your sinful nature brings about false humility and pride, which is one of the seven deadly sins last I checked (Proverbs 6:16-24).

The solution for sin is surrender. Not giving into sin, but fully surrendering ourselves to our Savior. Only He has conquered sin.

When do you find yourself becoming proud about your humility? What about your life makes you feel like you’re better than other people? Pride is a house of cards. It’s also a heavy burden. How can you surrender your pride to Christ?

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