Good, Better, or New?
I have been hearing a lot of talk lately about people wanting to change their lives. When I was young, the term to use was "good life." Today it is a "better life." The way I understand it, this new term is defined by the following:
To have a steady job, friends, car, house, money, party, drink alcohol, do drugs (socially of course) or maybe make money and give many gifts, take care of their families, give to charities.
But if you notice there is one very important component missing. Submission. Perhaps, acknowledging that someone knows better than me! This is where Jesus fits in. I believe that Jesus offers us something far better than this shallow view of a "better life." That would be a NEW LIFE!!!! YES, A NEW LIFE! How can this be, you may ask? Well, with God all things are possible. Let’s look at some scripture:
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
John 5:24 ESV - Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
John 3:3 ESV - Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Colossians 3:9-10 ESV - Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
Ephesians 4:24 ESV - and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
Read these verses! Think about them deeply. Ask the Holy Spirit to apply the truth of what He is talking about to your life, Take the NEW LIFE offered in Christ Jesus by his Death, Burial, and resurrection. So I ask you not to settle for the "Good Life" or a "Better Life," BUT THE NEW LIFE!
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