Who’s the Boss? Reflection Devotion

Well, Who is the Boss?

As my wife was babysitting our two young grandsons, they began to argue over a toy. Suddenly, the younger (by 3 years) forcefully ordered his older brother, “Cameron, go to your room!” Shoulders slumped under the weight of the reprimand, the dejected older brother began to slink off to his room when my wife said, “Cameron, you don’t have to go to your room. Nathan’s not the boss of you!” That realization changed everything, and Cameron, smiling, sat back down to play.

Who’s the Boss? Theme Song – Sanfranchino –

As followers of Christ, the reality of our brokenness and our inclination to sin can assume a false authority much like that younger brother. Sin noisily threatens to dominate our hearts and minds, and the joy drains from our relationship with the Savior.

But through the death and resurrection of Christ, that threat is an empty one. Sin has no authority over us. That is why Paul wrote, “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” Rom. 6:14.

While our brokenness is very real, Christ’s grace enables us to live in a way that pleases God and expresses His transforming power to the world. Sin is no longer our boss. We now live in the grace and presence of Jesus. His dominion in our lives releases us from the bondage of sin. – Daily Bread

God pursues us in our restlessness, receives us in our sinfulness, holds us in our brokenness. – Scotty Smith

All I have is Christ – Sovereign Grace –

I once was lost in darkest night
Yet thought I knew the way
The sin that promised joy and life
Had led me to the grave
I had no hope that You would own
A rebel to Your will
And if You had not loved me first
I would refuse You still.

INSIGHT: In Romans, Paul teaches about our redemption and justification – how through faith in Jesus Christ, God made us right with Him (Rom. 3:21–4:25). Paul now presents another aspect of our salvation – sanctification (Rom. 6:1–8:39). Because we have been given a new life and a new relationship with God (Rom. 6:4-14), He expects us to live differently and to mature in holiness.

Thank You for Your grace, Jesus, that cleanses us inside.
Your grace is greater than all our sin.
We know we can’t live without it.
And we’re grateful that we don’t have to.