June 25, 2013
“When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive — right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross.” Colossians 2:14-15 The Message
You once had a life … a sort of real life … filled with all the things that this world sells … supported by all the ideas that told you that all life is the same. BUT … something was missing. You could dismiss it for a time, but it would still float up to the surface of your thoughts. You could try to silence it by changing this or trying something new … but STILL the thought would cross your heart that something was missing .. something was not right. If only you could find that “one” piece of the puzzle .. life would fit. The truth is: Everyone is incapable of responding to God on his terms. SO .. He did it. He ‘brought you alive with Christ’. That missing piece or pieces of faith coming together over different moments until you find yourself believing .. trusting .. accepting .. receiving .. and surrendering to the LIFE that Christ wants to live in you. All of your sins have been forgiven. Real life in Christ is a forgiven life .. a life that grows deeper and richer in love with God. IT is amazing grace because you find yourself amazed at the way you respond and find that you begin to look at others with grace-eyes instead of guarded-eyes. Your new life in Christ is an exchanged life … a life you could never have on your own terms or convenience. Your “old life” will never be able to support the life Jesus has for you. Your new life in Christ will begin to remove all those old habits you’ve carried around .. sometimes overlooked .. sometimes embarrassing .. sometimes very much known. Your old life is a powerless life really. You couldn’t change the real things that matter most. Your new life is forgiven. If you look a little deeper you see a slate-wiped-clean life .. a no-longer-imprisoned life .. and a life-left-at and birthed-from a Cross. It is about your life and the Life Jesus wants to give you. It’s as real today as it was 2000 years ago. Go ahead … it only takes a moment ..
“My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him.” Colossians 2:6 The Message
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