Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins.
Dead people don’t move. Or do they? I’ve also heard dead people don’t tell tales. But maybe they do.
Because of my profession and upbringing, I’ve seen more than my share of dead people. My father performed numerous funerals as a pastor. When I followed in his footsteps, so did I.
There was the elderly lady sitting in her recliner and enjoying life when death overtook her. And the small child who was killed because his mother was driving drunk and wrecked the car. A 99-year-old woman had the privilege of seeing some of the first airplanes and cars before she died. I was also present when my father stopped breathing in an Atlanta hospital. None of those people moved after they took their last breath. They never arose from the bed or chair and moved around. They were dead. As badly as I wanted to talk to them again, their lips never moved, and their voices remained silent.
I’m also familiar with another type of death. These dead people do walk and tell tales. I see and hear them every day. I’ve worked with them, attended church with them, and belonged to community organizations with them. Some of them are family members. In fact, I was one myself. Apart from a relationship with Christ, we are all the walking dead—the talking dead.
Physical death and spiritual death are both realities. Physical death ends my earthly existence, but I can live on earth for many years even though I’m spiritually dead. What kills me spiritually is my disobedience to God, and the reason I disobey is my sinful nature. I’m born with it, and unless I allow God to give me a new nature, I’ll live and die with it. If I die with it, I’ll miss an eternity with God.
The good news is, I don’t have to be a dead man walking. A new nature is available to every person—one that God has breathed life into. I can be a live man walking. I can be alive to spiritual things, alive to God and His plan for my life, and alive to the abundance He offers. All He requires is that I ask. Jesus died physically to give me life spiritually.
Why walk around dead in your sins when you can enjoy the freedom of forgiveness?
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by Martin Wiles
Martin Wiles is a minister, author, English teacher, and freelance editor currently living in Greenwood, SC, and is the founder of Love Lines from God. He is the author of six books, including his two latest, Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He has been published in a number of periodicals, books, and newspapers. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us) and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.