Two verses in chapter 5 made me ponder. The first was Romans 5:12, where it talks of how Adam’s sin caused death to come to humanity. I think about how it use to be easy for me to point an accusing finger at him and Eve (may they rest in peace), about our passing time on earth. Now as an adult I remember and understand something my dad stated once. He said, ‘If Adam & Eve had not disobeyed, eventually one of their descendants, even one of us would havd defied.’ It is human nature to explore, and God gave us the ability to choose, so somebody was doomed to taste the infamous fruit. Personally, I struggle to obey God sometimes, so I can’t be too harsh on the first couple, can I? 🙂
The other verse that stood out to me was Romans 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
I know this is referring to Adam’s disobedience in the garden and Jesus’s obedience to the cross, but it made me ponder, how many times do we sin and drag others with us through our influence of wrong choices? Or how many times have we seen others start to follow Christ and be made righteous through his grace all because we’re obeying him and planted a seed:)? We have a choice to make just like Adam and Eve did, will we disobey and effect the possibity of our children and other people ever being saved? Or will we obey and let our testimonies bring honor and Glory to God and bring many to repentance? Perhaps Romans 6:13 sums it up best:). Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.
We are instruments that can be used for good or righteousness and we have the ability to choose. It’s so easy to say I want to be an instrument of of righteousness but so hard to do (speaking for myself).
God help me not to be a stumbling block and to die daily to myself. Take away the desires of the flesh and sin for they do not bring glory to your name and I want to honor you. It’s so much easier said than done but you are my strength and power, in Jesus name, Amen.🙏🏾