Living by Grace

Dedicated to providing guidance in daily living through the power of God's grace as experienced in our union with Christ.

Blank Sheets of Paper


… present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead … Romans 6:13b

Some have described the first step in doing the will of God as coming to Him with a blank sheet of paper—meaning that they want every decision for their lives to be made by the Lord and not themselves. When we obey the fourth of the five commands for living by grace, we are doing just that.


In light of the context of the fourth command, it must mean that we are to present ourselves to God as those who have been crucified, buried and resurrected.


When we make ourselves available to God in this manner, we have faith that our old man has been crucified and buried. This means that our sin nature, which is that “we think we are wise,” has been crucified and buried.  


Also in obeying the fourth command we have faith that we have been spiritually raised from the dead. Ephesians 2:6 says:


And [God] raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus ….


Since the moment we were saved our old man has been crucified and buried and we have been seated with Christ in heavenly places. Spiritually, we are in heaven with Jesus and we are to believe this amazing truth. Obeying the fourth command has us in the presence of the Lord without a point of view. We are ready to receive His point of view for what we are to do next. We are before God presenting Him a blank sheet of paper.


The fifth command goes perfectly with the fourth one. We are to present, make available, to God our bodies that He might use them “as instruments of righteousness.”