14 For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin (Romans 7).
Nowadays many folks talk about being “spiritual” rather than “Christian” — and what they mean by that is they don’t want to align themselves with organized religion, where they must adhere to obligations like going to church and supporting a church and being accountable to a church. They see a disconnect between spirituality and religion. Yet, here we see very clearly how spirituality in its very essence carries with it the idea of accountability, for what is said to be “spiritual” here? The Law — a list of things we are supposed to do.
Disconnecting ourselves from organized religion is evidence of being “of flesh” — that is, being wholly given up to the flesh or rooted in the flesh. Which means, we are “sold into bondage to sin”. This “sold into bondage” is actually just one word, and it paints a picture of “moving” or “traversing to the other side”. Thus, a disconnect. We have disconnected ourselves from the spiritual realm and gone to the fleshly one.
But in Christ we are reconnected to the spiritual realm: “For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us [caused us to traverse] to the kingdom of His beloved Son [the other side] …” (Colossians 1:13).
Thank You, Lord, for bringing us back into the spiritual realm so that being accountable to Your commands and Your ways is not loathsome to us anymore. Help us This Day to walk connected to You and Your Kingdom. Amen.