5th January 2019

A New Reality!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 ( NKJV)

Recently I have had my first, and I hope last, attack of sciatica. The sciatic nerve runs from near the base of the spine and down to the bottom of your leg. Until you have a problem you will never know it is there. But when you have a problem it can change your life. Overnight it seems, I went from a reasonably fit, energetic man who goes to the gym twice a week, and tries to walk on three other days to keep active, to a crippled old man who could barely walk.

It was agony, I had to use a walking stick, move very slowly and could not drive, go to the gym or walk as usual. It was difficult and painful to sleep because I could not get comfortable, and sitting was almost as bad. The only thing that worked for me was lying on the floor with my leg propped up on a stool. My GP prescribed pain killers that just did not work. For a while it seemed I would have to face a new reality in which my mobility was seriously restricted! But, as my GP said would happen, and by doing some special exercises, I re-covered. For six weeks my life had completely changed, but now I am fully recovered and properly mobile again.

The experience bought alive the scripture above. As Christians, we can often feel inadequate, partly crippled emotionally, physically or spiritually by our past experiences. So it is very reassuring to know that we are a new creation, that we live in a new reality, that we live in a relationship with God. God’s love for us is so great that He does not see us as struggling in our Christian walk today. God sees our potential, not today’s painful, limited and difficult steps—but the long confident strides we will make in the future.

Our new reality, whatever our failings in the past, present or future as physical human beings, is that we have a secure and thrilling future through the awesome love of God. A love shown for us by Jesus Christ who lived a perfect sinless life, but became sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21) as He died a painful difficult death on the cross, was resurrected and now lives as our high priest, our intercessor and our soon coming King.

Let’s live in the joy and peace of that new reality every day!

Father, it’s hard sometimes to see beyond our daily trials to our new reality as your children. Help us to understand how our relationship with you today is preparing us for our wonderful future tomorrow! In Jesus name we pray.

Study by Keith Hartrick

About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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