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A Fresh Start

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“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”  2 Corinthians 5:17

Have you ever wished that you could have a do-over?  Or maybe that you could turn back time and start over?  Regret is one of the worst feelings in the world.  And most of us, if we were honest, would admit to having regrets over past actions and mistakes.

Paul says, “the old has gone, and the new has come?”  What “old”?  The old life, the lost life, the condemned life, the life that was separated from God has passed away.  “Passed away” here is used most commonly as a reference to time passing.  Just like time passes and is gone, never to come again, so is the old life without Christ once we are born again.  This old life was full of guilt, shame, pride, selfishness, and condemnation…and was destined for the wrath of God.

So what does Paul mean by “new”?  The meaning of this word is just wonderful!  It means, “unused or unworn.”  We don’t receive a recycled life in Christ.  We receive a brand new life!  It’s as if the old life never existed at all.  This is good news! 

In 2 Corinthians 5:17 is a wonderful reminder of the newness that we have in Christ.  God’s grace is bigger than our regrets.  And even though the consequences of past mistakes may linger, the old has gone and the new has come.  While this verse is directly related to the one-time gift of salvation, God’s grace is certainly also experienced daily.  Lamentations 3:23 tells us that God’s mercies are new every morning.  His grace and mercy is new, fresh every day.

This gives us reason for great joy.  There is no reason to look back and regret.  In Christ, we have been given the ultimate do-over.  Each day is a gift, a new opportunity to live a life that pleases God in His strength, not our own.  Are you carrying the burden of regret?  If so, lay it at the foot of the cross and embrace the newness of God’s great mercy for you today.

Father, thank You for the gift of this day.  I want to live for Your sake, and leave my old life where it belongs…in the past.  Please help me to trust You to use even my mistakes for my good and Your glory, just as You have promised to do.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.  

Pressing On

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Jesus is not part of a Christian’s life – He is the Christian’s life.  There is a huge difference in the two.

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”  Philippians 3:12

We have entered the season of resolutions, goals, and new strategies and plans.  Every church building and gym in America will likely be full for the next few weeks.  Fresh starts feel good, don’t they?  But how much lasting change will take place in the coming year?  How many goals will be reached or even steadfastly pursued? Most of us are quite good at starting…but finishing is all that counts.  Somewhere between the starting gun and the finish line, the newness wears off and reality sets in and it is so easy to give up. 

Is your walk with Christ any different?  I hope so! A relationship with the God of the universe should not be one of many priorities.  He is not a slot on a calendar or an item on a to-do list. Following Him does not take place in a couple of hours each Sunday.  Jesus is not part of a Christian’s life – He is the Christian’s life.  There is a huge difference in the two.  The Apostle Paul understood this difference.

The phrase Paul used to describe his relationship with Christ was, “I press on.”  This phrase doesn’t merely mean to follow or run, but a heated pursuit.  It means to run after something as if to chase it.  Do you remember playing the game of “Chase” as a child?  Someone always had to be “it.”  That person had to chase someone until he caught him.  In Philippians 3, Paul is declaring himself “it” as he chases after Christ.

What is interesting about this metaphor is that through faith, Paul already “has” Jesus, doesn’t he? So why run so hard after Someone you already believe in and have a relationship with?  What is it Paul is pressing on to take hold of if he is already saved?  I am going to let you ponder that question on your own.  Later this week as we continue in Philippians 3 I think God will answer that question for us.

Are you pressing on after Jesus with all your heart?  Let 2013 be the year that you not only start well, but also finish strong.  Make this the year that you chase after Jesus with full abandon and steadfast faith. 

PRAYER

Holy Father, What peace I have knowing that I don’t have to be perfect, just persistent.  Please help me to press on in You today, through all of the noise, distractions and temptations that surround me.  Draw me nearer to Your heart so that I may glorify Your Name today.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.