June 6, 2011

dead man walking...

“But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.” Romans 8:10

Look at the title… have you heard this phrase used? The phrase dead man walking was used by correctional officers in the past to let those in the hallways of the prisons know to move to the side and allow the condemned person to pass. This phrase was looked upon as cruel and unusual and therefore "outlawed" by the civil rights activists. However, it was fitting for the condemned person walking was already given an appointed time to die.

It may seem strange but I want this phrase to describe me. For you see, I was a man condemned to physical and spiritual death. A man destined for an eternity of torment. Thanks be to our Lord and Savior, I longer must suffer this fate. For you see, I am one with Christ consequently I have died to sin and I live in His resurrection.

The expression Dead Man Walking should take on a whole new significance for the Christian. For those who profess a faith in Christ as Savior should be living as if they are already dead. Those who claim Christ as Redeemer must die to the fallen nature and live in the Spirit.

The question I pose to myself and to others is this… do we live in such a way that others would call out DEAD MAN WALKING. Do others see us as those who live not in our own flesh but in Spirit? Are we walking as if we are dead?