Do you know Hugh?
That would be Hugh Macleod.
You may not have, but as detailed on his about page, Hugh MacLeod is an artist who first made his name with “cartoons drawn on the back of business cards”.
I’m subscribed to Gaping Void’s Daily Cartoon Email. The other day, I received this cartoon in my inbox:
I’m not certain what was going on when Hugh drew this, but as promised during the sign up process, the daily cartoons are to be:
A wee chuckle in your inbox, to start your day off on the right foot (so to speak).
Actually, it’s a little bit more than that. I try to make cartoons that provoke, make people think, make people feel motivated. Carpe diem etc.
This one made me think. It provoked me. Mission Accomplished, Hugh.
We are controlled. We are owned. Sin is this big old monster that often has us under control. We do things that we don’t want to do. Look at what Paul has to say in Romans 6:12-19
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed,18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.19 I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.
Just a chapter later in Romans 7 though, Paul talks about the fact that even though we shift from being slaves of sin to slaves to righteousness, we still find ourselves doing things that we don’t want or intend to do.
15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good.17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
So, just because we are free of the bondage of sin, we have to remember that we are still flesh.
Hugh’s Cartoon was a reminder to me that I need the Holy Spirit daily.
I am DONE with being owned!