Present yourselves to God as ones alive from the dead, and your members as instruments
of righteousness to God.

Romans 6: 13b

This is another of the ways that we have freedom and responsibility for the way that we
behave in our spiritual lives, for God trusts His children with the decision to
come to Him or to try to go it on our own. The Lord doesn’t tell us that going
it on our own will produce a better result; since, it won’t. He did design and
create us with a strong drive toward independence, and He gifted us with
amazing capacity and capability; consider the fact that He made us in His image
and then contemplate what that means in terms of what we might accomplish for
Christ in our world.

The starting place for accomplishment is found in accepting the leading of Christ’s
Spirit for our lives; then it is brought to action by the ongoing filling of us
with His Spirit. This is one of those points where we have a choice to make,
for the Spirit fills what has been emptied of self, and the Spirit brings about
true life as we yield our will to God’s. The ability to discriminate between
what is dead and what is alive is granted to us by God when we are made alive
in Christ; since, at that time, we are transformed from people who are eternally
dead to ones who are forever alive.

How we choose to take advantage of our aliveness is the key to living in the full joy
and the complete purpose of the Lord. We need to recognize the fact that we are
alive and stop living in the land of the dead. We must stop trying to stay in
control of every aspect of our lives and allow God to take us where He wants us
to go. So, when we open ourselves to the Spirit, He will enable and empower us
in ways that are beyond our imaginings.