Monday, May 11th

Monday, May 11th

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!  2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)

You are living a brand new kind of life that is continually learning more and more of what is right, and trying constantly to be more and more like Christ who created this new life within you. In this new life one’s nationality or race or education or social position is unimportant; such things mean nothing. Whether a person has Christ is what matters, and he is equally available to all. Colossians 3:10-11 (TLB)

As you live this new life, we pray that you will be strengthened from God’s boundless resources, so that you will find yourselves able to pass through any experience and endure it with courage. You will even be able to thank God in the midst of pain and distress because you are privileged to share the lot of those who are living in the light. For we must never forget that he rescued us from the power of darkness, and re-established us in the kingdom of his beloved Son, that is, in the kingdom of light. For it is by his Son alone that we have been redeemed and have had our sins forgiven. Colossians 1:11-14 (Phillips)

The Word of God emphasizes powerfully and clearly that a Christian is a new person with a new life. On the one hand this can be a very attractive prospect for a person when they are in the exploring stage of the journey of faith. Some of what is said to be "bad" has been bad in our lives and we want these bad things "out" of our lives. Some of what is said to be "good" we know has been missing and we have a desire for it to be "in" our lives. On the other hand some of what is said to be "bad" we have a hard time viewing as bad and some of what is said to be "good" we have a hard time viewing as "good."

But in order to move beyond this exploring stage of the journey of faith we need to recognize that there isn't a menu from which we get to make selections for what will be in and what won't be in our lives. We are called to be an entirely new person with an entirely new life as Christians. So, when we embrace Christ as our Savior, it is important that we do so with full recognition that he will now be in charge of producing the "new person" and "new life" he has in store for us. The Scriptures above give us some helpful insights into what the Lord has in store for us. Throughout the week we will be exploring more fully what it means to be a new person with a new life. Three key words will be: Surrender (who's in charge), identity, and vocation.

Lord, thank you for your Word! What wonderful phrases from the passages above: "a new life has begun," "a brand new kind of life," "more like Christ," "new life within," "re-established us in the kingdom of his beloved Son," etc. Lord, kindle a burning fire in my soul for wanting, embracing, and pursuing all that you have in store for me in regard to being a "new person" with a "new life."

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