When I hear the word tantrum, I think of a little kid in the supermarket having a fit because his/her parent or guardian will not allow them to have what they want. Most kids will scream, holler, fall out in the floor, or throw things in an attempt that their behavior will cause the adult to give in to their demands so he/she will be able to have what they so desire.
This reminds me of our body’s ability to tell us what it wants. For instance, you may want to stop eating a particular thing that you like, well your body is so accustomed to it that when you decide to stop, your body has a tantrum! You will experience a form of withdrawals like headache, weakness, or maybe even nausea. Your body is telling you that if you do not give me what I am accustomed to having I’m going to have a fit, and you are going to pay the price.
The same goes for our Christian walk. Ephesians 5:24 says, “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” Crucify means to put to death, and a part of 1 Corinthians 15:31 says, “…I die daily.” When it comes to us crucifying the things that our sinful nature desires to do, our flesh will not give up so easily. Think about it, when you decide that you want to go on a fast, every kind of smell enters your nose, and your body begins to have a fit for something that you know you probably wouldn’t drink or eat if you haven’t made a decision to crucify your flesh.
In order to be successful with this we have to make that conscience decision to mortify the deeds of our flesh (Romans 8:13). To mortify is to subdue (the body or its needs and desires) by self-denial or discipline. When a parent does not allow a child to have everything they want, they are teaching that child discipline. A disciplined child learns how to exercise restraint, can accept rejection, and knows they cannot have everything they want. An undisciplined child is quite the opposite. In a nut shell an undisciplined child will embarrass you in public. The Lord does not want His children to be an embarrassment to him or to themselves. This is why he tells us that those who endure temptation are blessed and will receive a crown of life (James 1:12).
So think about the next time you decide to present your body as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable unto God (Romans 12:1), that your flesh will have a tantrum because “the flesh lusteth against the spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would,” (Galatians 5:17) and “when you want to do good evil is always present” (Romans 7:21). Always know that these light afflictions (tantrums) are but for a moment, but when you continue to strive to be more like Christ, and not allow your flesh to rule over you, your desire to crucify those tantrums will work a greater weight of God’s glory in your life.
Until next time, Be Blessed!