For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. - Romans 8:13 ESV
I have driven across Wyoming about 50 times. During my most recent trip, I noticed a number of DUI billboards. A marketing campaign was designed to provide sobering reminders of the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol. The billboards featured a sad mug shot with these captions: “Is this how you want to be remembered?” or “Think this is bad? Wait until you learn you killed someone,” or “Your license. Your dignity. Your job. Gone,” or “Think this is humiliating? Try explaining it to your kids.”
I think drinking and driving is a terrible idea. But, as I drove across Wyoming, I had a lot of time to meditate on these billboards. I realized an anti-DUI campaign is an easy campaign because most people are in agreement that it is a really bad idea.
However, any of our sins can wreck our lives. Romans 8:13 says, “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live” (ESV). This verse makes it abundantly clear. If we live according to the flesh (practice sin), that road leads to death. As Christians, our sins were forgiven at the cross. Praise the Lord! Sadly, Christians can also drink and drive (and wreck lives). Any of our sins can have the same effect.
Imagine driving across Wyoming and seeing billboards telling us about the dangers of looking at pornography, sexual immorality, gossiping, telling a lie, stealing from work, disobeying our parents, materialism, or having an unrestrained temper in conflict. Imagine seeing a billboard with a mug shot and one of the above captions for one of those sins!
Let’s all be quick to repent of any sin.
The Rock Church
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