“So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.” Romans 7:4
Paul had just talked about marriage. He points out that a person is married until death. At the point of death, that person is released, by law, to marry someone else. Prior to death, any re-marriage is committing adultery.
In this passage he points out that in the same way every believer dies with Jesus in order to belong to Him. A believer in Jesus has died to the old law.
The old law only brought about death, it could not bring life to a person. Once a person sinned, he had to die.
Once a person is dead to the law, he is raised to live a life for God. He is expected to bear fruit for God.
The fruit for God is a wide range of things that portray Jesus in a person and to the world. When being like Jesus, the first thing most people think about is being holy and not doing any sin. While this is correct, there is much more to bearing fruit for God.
One must also be active in doing things for God. Changing your thoughts to line up with His; telling others about Jesus; serving others; caring for others; worshipping Jesus; praising God and many other things.
All too often people believe in Jesus, but stay dead. They do not live for God. They just go through the motions. There is no fruit in their lives.
What are you doing for God today? Are you living for Him? Or are you living for yourself?
Are you still living in death? Or have you died in order to live for Jesus?
As a believer you are dead to sin and alive to Jesus. Are you living that way?
I pray today that you will die to sin; that you will allow God to make you alive to Him; that you will live for Jesus; that you will live to bear fruit for God; and that God will use you to reach many for Jesus.