A Choice Between Masters
Kay Martin, a secretary to a New Zealand Member of Parliament, got the shock of her life one year. According to the Auckland Sunday Star in 1994, she and a friend were talking when they heard a chicken squawking. The bird sounded like it was in distress, so they went outside to investigate, thinking perhaps that it had escaped from one of the neighbors. But there were no chickens anywhere.

Then Kay realized with dread that the sound was coming from her own kitchen — coming, in fact, from the oven, where she had put a chicken in to roast half an hour earlier. “It was as if it was shrieking at me from its grave,” she said. “It was so bizarre I just froze.”

As they approached the oven, the squawking reached a crescendo. They took the tray out, and there they discovered that the steam which was building up in the chicken because of the stuffing, was passing through the intact vocal cords. As the chicken began to cool, the squawking died away.

Martin chopped the neck off and threw it in the sink. “Steam was coming up the neck from the stuffing,” says Martin, and this had caused the dead bird to squawk.

I understand that she has not cooked chicken since.

Those are us who are Christians have put to death the old man of sin (Romans 6:11). Unfortunately, though, sometimes the “old man” rears its ugly head and makes a commotion in our lives (Romans 7:19-20), and it becomes necessary to take drastic action to shut it up!

Romans 6:17–18 (ESV) 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.

For this Sunday, I’m cooking up a sermon that should help us understand that as Christians the old man of sin is dead, and we have become a new man in Christ. We can’t have it both ways. We have to choose which life to live

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