One frequently hears “Be killing sin or it will be killing you…” I know that it is attributed to John Owen, but I don’t know the context.
Without anything else, it is pretty despairing, isn’t it. How does one go about killing sin?
What knife to you use to circumcise the foreskin of the heart?
Do you cut off the arm that offends? Pluck out the eye that offends?
Where do you stop cutting?
Do we kill sin by amputation?
Do we exercise more will-power? How do we do that when our will is also fallen?
Do we offer expensive sacrifices like Cain?
Ten- thousand rivers of oil? Our firstborn children?
I’m being genuine here. As Christians and as humans we all want to do better. We all long for the day that we will be free from sin. I truly want to kill sin in me…most of the time…
I know that sin is deadly and an offence against a holy God.
I know the hurt that I have caused in others.
And I try to kill it. I have many decades of resolve. And many decades of broken resolve.
Kill sin? Will someone tell me how?
Or do I follow what Paul said –
” O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Rom. 7:24-8:1)
I don’t know how to kill the sin in me. Crush it out, Lord Jesus. I kill sin by bringing my heart to you. It is safe in your hands.
I will wait on the watchtower, longing for your return.