I sometimes get so frustrated with myself. I know what I ought to do, but catch myself doing what I know better than. Wait a minute, I always think; shouldn’t I be doing better than this? Shouldn’t I be obeying Christ? I have a new nature and a new heart that God has given me, and that should be enough shouldn’t it? Unfortunately I find that all to often I act like the old me.
Paul tells us that our old self has been done away with; it’s dead to us and we are dead to sin according to Romans 6:6.
“knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; ” (Romans 6:6, NAS)
But too many times our flesh isn’t like a corpse, but more like a zombie!
“For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. ” (Romans 7:15–19, NAS)
It may be dead, but it’s risen to feed off of the flesh of the living! As much as we would like to think otherwise we’re not completely free from the effects of the Fall when we trust Christ. It is true that we are new creations and that we are not slaves to sin, but it is just as true that our sin nature, our flesh still shambles along after us seeking to devour us. And sometimes, just like the dumb blonde girl in every zombie movie we find ourselves backed into a corner and get our brains eaten. The details might be different for each of us, but the end result is the same.
Just like there is a survivor in every zombie movie, though, God has also given us the means for surviving the attack of the zombie sin nature.
“If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. ” (Romans 8:10–13, NAS)
So if you want to be the dumb blonde who gets nommed by the zombies, then set your mind on the flesh and live the way you want to. Just like the blonde who thinks she can make it out, you might think that everything is under control until you’ve got teeth sinking into your scalp. If you want to be the wily survivalist who makes it out of the infection alive, you’ve got to live according to the Spirit and not the flesh. Which makes the Spirit in the analogy something like a sawed-off 12 gauge, but let’s not push the image too far.
Admit it, you’ve never thought of the Christian life like a zombie movie have you? More than that, are you acting more like the blonde and living according to the flesh or like the survivalist and listening to the Spirit?