1st January 2015

A New Life, A New Day

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

As a Christian, I start every day as a brand new person. I am blessed with a new day and a new life. Yesterday has no hold over me because my sins of the past, present and even the future have been forgiven! “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

I start every day with a clean slate. What matters is how I live during the day, how I use the precious time. Do I seek to glorify God by the way I live, by the way I relate to others? Or do I seek to please the flesh? If all that I did was to seek to please the flesh, then I will die. (Romans 8:13). But if I use the new day and the new life that God has blessed me with to glorify him and to obey the new command that he gave to love one another as I have loved you (John 13:34), then I will live.

All this is made possible because it is Christ himself who is living in me through the Spirit. It is being clothed in his righteousness that counts, not my own. I experience the new life and the new day because I am living by the faith of Christ, which of course is a gift from the Father. (Ephesians 2:8). There is no way that I can experience, enjoy and share with others this new life and new day if I attempted to live by my own faith, which is unreliable.

We clearly cannot take life for granted. Physical life and material possessions are not guaranteed! Every new day is a gift. As stated in the lyrics of the song by Stuart Townend, My Heart Is Filled With Thankfulness: “for every day I have on earth is given by the King, So I will give my life, my all, To love and follow him.” And the new life in Christ that we have is also a very precious gift. This new life is hidden with Christ. (Colossians 3:3). But it is not hidden from us, as we are living it now, “the old has gone, the new is here!” God is making good his promise to make all things new (Revelation 21:5), and he has already started with all those who believe!

It also includes suffering with Christ as we are destined to be glorified with him. “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” (Romans 8:17).

A new life and a new day, make the most of it now, tomorrow may be too late!

Prayer
Father in heaven, thank you for the new life that you have given to me, please enable me to live it to your glory.
Amen

Study by Sherwin Scott

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Sherwin ScottAbout the Author:
Sherwin Scott is a Deacon in the Grace Communion in Lewes.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Lewes
The Priory School
Mountfield Road
LEWES
BN7 2XN

Meeting time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email:  hilaryjbuck@gmail.com

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