A New Life

Posted on Posted in Challenge, Commitment, Responsibility

                                                               … in Him!

Because of Jesus and what He did for us on the cross,
… the Bible confirms this amazing truth to us,

      Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
      old things have passed away;
      behold, all things have become new.

      2 Cor 5:17

Yet in living that new life, it so often seems,
that actually all things have not become new!
Take for instance love or even a simple thing like patience.

      Before we became a new creation in Christ,
      … most of us were rather unlovely and often very impatient.
      However, since I am a new creation,
      … has the way I was before suddenly also changed?
      If we are honest we have to say no, it has not!

So what happened to this new creation?
If I am a new creation, why has there been so little change?

How do we take hold of a promise, and make it real in our lives?
The same way as everything in life becomes real in us,
… as Paul wrote,

      work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;
      for it is God who works in you both to will and to do
      for His good pleasure.
      Phil 2:12-13

For those plans and promises of God to become real in my life,
… I have to live them, and not expect God to live them for me, in me!
God wants to work His good pleasure in me,
… but it is my decision and my responsibility to live His way.

God is serious about His promises,
and gave the Holy Spirit as our helper,

… but He is also as serious about not overriding our freewill.

In other words,
      Live out your own salvation, which God is eager to help you live.
      All you need do is admit you need help,
      … and live what God prepared for you!