Dead Men Feel No Weight   17 comments

I used to have a cartoon on my wall — drawn by a talented artist friend of mine — of a man trying to hold a multi-story brick building on his back, sweat pouring from his brow, his legs trembling with the strain. The caption read:

Be careful that the weight of sin does not crush you

A bunch of my husband’s coworkers were playing Risk at the house. A non-Christian flippantly remarked that he didn’t feel the weight of sin. What did it weigh anyway?

I’m sure he thought he would get agreement from all the other guys in the group, and that Brad would blame it all on me, but our friend Tim (the best Risk player on the planet, by the way) had been invited to join (because he is the best Risk player in the world) and he said “Does a dead body feel a weight?”

Well, no, of course it doesn’t, people agreed around the table. Even if the weight is so great it turns the dead body into goo, the body doesn’t feel it because it’s — well, dead.

The person who doesn’t know Christ is equally dead. It doesn’t matter how great the weight of sin on a spiritually dead human … he can’t feel it.

Christ made Christians alive through the grace-faith relationship. In His mercy, He did not give us the wages of sin (which we deserve), but instead gave us forgiveness (which we haven’t earned). We responded in faith, believing that He could change us as He sees fit. And He did. We were transformed from spiritually dead to spiritually alive and for the first time in our existence, we became aware of our sin — our disobedience to God’s principles. Unlike the average non-Christian, Christians are not indifferent to the weight of sin — we’re hypersensitive to it. When we came to Christ, our senses were awakened to the reality of sin and our sensitivity to sin intensifies as we mature spiritually.

The apostle Paul wrote in Romans 7:14-25:

For we know that the Law is spiritual; but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin.For that which I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. But if I do the very thing I do not wish to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that it is good. So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which indwells me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the wishing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the goodthat I wish, I do not do; but I practice the very evil that I do not wish. But if I am doing the very thing I do not wish, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wishes to do good. For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind, and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.

What a poignant description of someone in conflict with himself, who loves God’s moral law and wants to obey it, but is pulled away from doing so by the sin that is in him. This is a soul in conflict .. a human being who knew what it was like to have a desire to obey God, but to live in a world that is utterly fallen into sin.

This article is part of an ongoing series – What If Character Went Viral. Stay tuned for more discussion.

Posted June 26, 2015 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

17 responses to “Dead Men Feel No Weight

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  1. Reblogged this on That Mr. G Guy's Blog.

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  2. I agree. I do feel in my spirit that Jesus’ sacrifice did indeed do it all. And until we feel the sorrow He felt as he overlooked Jerusalem, we look for the fault rather than the redeeming qualities within each human our Lord willing sacrificed His life to save. I am happy He did not give up on me even when I was hellbent on destroying all I had because of a ‘sin’ I could not forgive. But His grace and mercy opened my heart’s eyes to his unfailing love and my mission was to clean up myself, not pointing out others faults and strive to be more like Him. None comes to God unless moved by His spirit. I attempt to walk the talk. And I am profoundly happy He is in charge.

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  4. People ‘come under conviction’ before they are ‘saved’ or ‘born again’. What is that if it is not the ‘weight of sin’? All of the preparation, before and up to and including the nanosecond before getting saved happen before your spirit is made alive. Your spirit being made alive to God is salvation. If the ‘dead in spirit’ do not feel the weigh of sin, how then can they be saved?

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    • Cart before the horse, I think. Salvation does involve the confession of sin, but nothing that we do bring our spirit to life. It is solely dependent upon Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit drawing us to Him.

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  5. I like what your husband replied for its true and it not offensive. I seeing some Christian people reply to non-believers in the most offensive ways that just push them away

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    • Christian hearts should bleed for non-Christians because we know that where they choose to spend eternity is terrible. Brad is the only Christian in his birth family, so he gets some practice at being non-offensively truthful. Though, truth be told, occasionally his father hangs up on him and doesn’t call back for a couple of weeks. The man is 70-something years old; the time for waltzing around gospel truths is WAY past.

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      • I’m sorry for Brad, for I know how feel my grandmother died a non-Christian and hate the idea that she somewhere else than where I’m going. My parents don’t believe either

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      • Neither did my mom and my brother still doesn’t. My father didn’t live a Christian lifestyle, but I got his Bible after he died and the margin notations show a deep faith, so … maybe …. Gives meaning to that verse about giving up your father, mother, etc.

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      • I feel you and Brad, both understand that horrible feeling of having people and family you love who do not share your faith

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      • Very much so. In a sense, God never has any grandchildren. It’s lovely when multiple generations of a family all have strong Christian lifestyles and testimonies, but it’s not the norm. Nobody is born a Christian. That’s why I testify on the web because if Christians fail to witness about Jesus before the world, the world will go to hell.

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      • I been having very difficult time with my faith this last few days, my friends have tried but will be honest I’m just so drain and without much hope

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      • When I struggle, I always turn to Hebrews 11 and the roll call of faith. I research the names listed there and am reminded that nothing is going on in my life that did not go on in one of theirs. Usually, by the time I’m finished, my dark night of the soul has passed.

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      • I have issue with selfish desire which often go again God’s plan

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      • Don’t we all? Self is the hardest sin to overcome because it tricks us into believing that it wants the best for us. “But you will be happy if you do this,” it whispers seductively in our ear. “Eve, that fruit is good to eat and it will make you see the world as God sees it.” “Hey, David, she’s beautiful and you’re king, so you can reach out for what you want and enjoy the perks of being king and it won’t hurt anybody.”

        My father-in-law has over the years involved Brad and I in a couple of business investments. Who wouldn’t want to be rich, right? We could give to the church, send our kids to college, etc. The first time we were surprised to find out how unethical he is. The second time we were completely outside of God’s will and we knew it. God taught us some hard lessons through it and we’ve not accepted the last couple of offers. We didn’t even get rich from it, which is a good thing because God uses that lost investment to remind us that we were stupid, selfish and rebellious in the past.

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      • Now that sounds like something I personally gone through, my father always asking me to do business with me because it be good idea and how much he is unwilling to help the church or serve anyone other than himself.
        Man you are awesome let me tell you, you got some very similar life to me and have some good advice

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      • I think many of us have similar life experiences, if we’re honest about them. Beth Moore says “The Christian life is not about avoiding the storm, but learning to dance in the rain.” When we share our experiences of struggling with the flesh while wanting to follow the Spirit, we give each other support. It’s like sharing an umbrella in a storm.

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