As you may have noticed, many of the scriptures I reference are from The Message version of the Bible. I enjoy reading different translations, seeing how each brings out different nuances of the same scripture. While reading in Romans 6 the other day, something arrested my attention:
“That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life.” (vv. 12-13)
Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life!
But what does that mean? For some, it might be literal: if your “old life” included dealing drugs, for instance, you literally don’t need to “run errands” for that!
But for most of us, it’s more subtle. Maybe it’s going to the bar, as we’re struggling with alcohol addiction. Maybe it’s going around the same man or woman with whom we had fallen into sexual sin. Maybe it’s having coffee with that friend who often disguises “gossip” as “prayer requests.”
Whatever your “sin errand” is, you must – MUST – rely on God’s strength to keep away from it. Once you have battled with something, the Enemy will take any foothold he can get to drag you back down to his level.
Let Satan know you are no longer his errand boy!