This past week has been a reminder to me about the change that happens when Christ comes into our lives.
Baptism is a symbol of that change; from burial of the "old self"
and its ways, to a "new birth" in Christ and the ways of the Kingdom.
We should, by His Spirit, be putting off the "old" and starting to wear the "new".
Have you experienced that change?
Reading the third chapter of 1 John, here's the verse that struck me:
14We know that we have passed out of death into life…
1 John 3:14 (a) (ESV)
I think many of us might say, "Not sure I understand that, but I've got my ticket to Heaven," and then we go on living just like we used to, just like the rest of the world.
As someone who is a follower of Jesus Christ, we should be changed; our lives should be different. Look at the difference:
14 If we love our Christian brothers and sisters, it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead. 15
Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don't have eternal life within them.
16 We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God's love be in that person?
18 Dear children, let's not merely say that we love each other; let us show the
truth by our actions. 19 Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident
when we stand before God. 20 Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.
21 Dear friends, if we don't feel guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence.
22 And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do the things that please him.
23 And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us. 24 Those who obey God's commandments remain in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Spirit he gave us lives in us. 1 John 3:14-24
Wow, read that again, slowly and let it sink it!
Experience that re-birth and live in the power of His Spirit – Be Changed!
"Launch the Love!"