Reading: Romans 7:1-4
It seemed like I was forgetting something. I had no idea what. I carried on as if it were any other day of the week: laundry, housework, story time with the girls, naptime, dinner preparations before Tom came home. I was sitting on the front step when he arrived. We greeted each other, chatted and discussed an invitation to dinner at a friend's house. What date was that? In the process, we figured out today's date-and both of us drew in a breath. It was our 15-year anniversary! Tom looked afraid. I laughed-but probably only because I forgot too. We talked about a last minute effort to make it special. We ended up staying home, toasting glasses of milk with the girls over ordinary grilled hamburgers, potatoes and green beans.
Whether we had celebrated or not-in fact, even if we had not remembered at all-it was still our 15-year anniversary. This is what Paul means when he says in verse 4 that we have been united with Christ. It's not something we must try to do to make happen. Our union with Christ is already a fact if we have received His gift of salvation. We are already dead to sin-not slaves to it anymore. Allowing His Spirit to control us celebrates that fact (Ephesians 5:18). It's the kind of celebration we need to have every day. My calendar is marked. What about yours?