Sermon Illustrations

Romans 6:11 "So you should consider yourselves dead to sin and able to live for the glory of God through Christ Jesus."

Something that’s dead is unresponsive. I’ve brought one of my daughter’s stuffed animals today, a large dog. When she was little she called him James T. Bone. It’s not really dead because it was never alive but it helps make a point.

The point is we should be as responsive to temptation to sin – to the voice of the devil – as this dog is to my voice. Watch this.

“James, speak!”

“Roll over!”


“Sit!” Good boy. At least he got that one right.

You see what God wants from us. Respond to the devil’s temptations like the stuffed dog responded to my commands.

But we respond just the opposite to God’s voice. We’re alive, that is responsive to Him and obey.