Romans 6:11 "So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus."
I did not become a student of English until I became a student of Spanish. Speaking a language and understanding how grammer works are different. As I was learning Spanish I was forced (by a very small in stature yet extremely assertive Guatemalan lady) to learn about parts of speech and other points of grammer.
At some point in all of our lives we been on the receiving end of an imperative statement. You know what I'm talking about. Take out the trash. Don't do, Go there, come here, eat this...etc. In the verse above (Romans 6:11) Paul uses the first imperative in his letter. It takes him five complete chapters until he finally gives a demand. For clarification an imperative is "extremely important; urgent; unavoidable."
As I was reading this passage last week this statement came across to me from Paul as in a manner that a loving father would instruct his child. "You also, MUST CONSIDER..." Must consider is an action of the will. We consider a lot during our day to day; what we will eat, wear, read, to be lazy, just to touch a couple. Here we are told to consider ourselves dead to sin. So often we blindly walk into sins; habitual, without consideration, some we don't see any possible way to over come - so there is no attempt to conquer. Must consider...requires a conscience effort, sometimes to stop, slowdown, and make a choice. Sometime the consideration is already determined...like my consideration to eat tuna fish. It's already been determined, the consideration was given and I said no!
What would your life look like today if you took Paul's imperative to heart? What would our thought life, the words we say, the way we treat parents or spouses, or our secret life look like if we "considered yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus."? Will you? WIll you heed Paul's words? You Must Consider...
Christ Follower, Husband, Father, Student Pastor, and Lover of all things Garlic and Bacon.