9 We know that since Christ has been raised from the dead, he is never going to die again; death no longer dominates him. 10 Because the death he died, he died to sin once for all, but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11 In the same way, you also must conclude yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 This means not letting sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its desires, 13 and do not make your body parts available to sin as tools to be used for unrighteousness, but make yourselves available to God as those who are alive from the dead and your body parts to God as tools to be used for righteousness. 14 Because sin will not dominate you, because you are not under law but under grace.
making body parts available
Christ’s death and resurrection was a victory over sin. In the same way, the believer was to see his or her life after baptism as a life of victory over sin, not one that must still be subjected to its dominion. So, the believers needed to make all their body parts – including their brains and hearts – available to God for righteous living. Just as Christ’s death was the only solution for the problem of sin’s penalty, righteous living is the only solution for the problem of sin’s power. Just obeying the law did not work. But identifying with Christ in faith, and daily, hourly, making our whole beings available to God for righteous living – that is the answer.
LORD, we surrender to you everything that we surrendered to the water when we were baptized. We make all our lives available to you.