We Have Lost Our Tears

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Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above…”  Colossians 3:1

Flip Wilson is on my list of Top 10 Funniest Comedians.  Although I am not a fan of cross-dressing, Geraldine came up with a few memorable lines.  For example, perfectly choreographed into the skit, she would blurt out at the most appropriate times, “The devil made me do it!”  She blamed the devil for everything from getting a speeding ticket to signing her husband’s name to a check to buy a new dress.

What Geraldine made us laugh about no longer seems as funny to the Christian who is really struggling with sin, and that’s just about every one of us.  We fight it every day of our lives.  The Apostle Paul likened the battle as a struggle between the old self and the new self, good and evil.  It’s a battle that’s as old as the Garden of Eden.

“You were taught to put off your old self…to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self…”  Ephesians 4:22-24.

Why do we continue to struggle with sin after becoming a Christian?  Because the old self never completely disappears; the battle is never-ending.  And Satan really loves to mess with our minds because of this truth.  He says to us, “It’s not so bad; everybody does it; no one needs to know; just this once (that’s a good one).”

The longer we remain captive to any kind of sin, the more calloused we become toward it, until that evil thing has its way with us.  Christian friend, giving in to the desire is easy; resisting it takes effort and prayer.  The more we give in to sin, the more indifferent we become toward the will of God for our lives, until one day we may awaken to find that we have lost our tears, that sin doesn’t bother us like it once did.  Where sin once left us feeling sorrowful after we did it, no further thought is given than when we decided to do it in the first place.

There is a better way than this for us:  “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above…”  Colossians 3:1.

Prayer:  Father, if carrying the old self around is a life sentence, I beg that you will render it impotent by my tears for having yielded to my sinful nature.  Restore my new-birth passion to be like You in true righteousness and holiness.  Amen and amen.

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Dr. Tommy Harrison ’67, a Southern Baptist pastor for 25 years, has taught university courses for 17 years including New Testament, Old Testament, Life and Teachings of Christ, Introduction to the Gospels, Christian Doctrine and Business Ethics at LeTourneau University, Houston, TX; Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN; and Victory University, Memphis.  Upon graduation from Howard Payne University he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees.