so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (ESV)
There is something in each one of us that demands to be in charge. We like to be the "king of our castle." We think that we are the masters of our own destiny. In reality there are two major "kings" that reign in our lives. If we have not surrendered our life to Jesus Christ we are being ruled by sin. Sin reigns in death.
Those who are not believers in Jesus Christ would claim that they are very much alive. Yet, they are spiritually dead. A life that is controlled by sin has a very specific destiny. Death. Spiritual and physical death. As much as a person may want to think that they are in charge of their lives all who do not belong to Christ are led by King Sin. His reign brings death to all his subjects.
There is another king. Consider for a moment King Grace. His kingdom is made up of all those who have received the free gift of salvation in Jesus Christ. None of the subjects of this kingdom are good. None of them have done things that have earned them any rights. They are all former felons and rebels who have surrendered to the Savior.
In King Grace's kingdom righteousness is the rule of the day. The subjects of the kingdom learn daily what it means to walk in a new way of life. Just like the subjects of the kingdom of sin they will also die physically. But the end result of the kingdom of Grace is eternal life. Those who belong to the kingdom of Grace will live eternally, spiritually alive forever, and will be given a new physical body.
So, what will it be? Will you continue to live for King Sin? He is a terrible master who only wants your death. I invite you to the King Grace's kingdom. Surrender your life to Jesus Christ. He wants you to live, eternally.