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

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Ruth 1-2, Psalm 53 & 61, and 2 Corinthians 5.

Never forget the beginning: “if anyone is in Christ.”

If I am not “in Christ” I don’t need to read any further in this verse.  It does not apply to me.

However, if I believe that I am “in Christ,” I must be tuned into what comes next.

I’ll be new.  Think of the difference between a new car and an old car.  It shows in looks and sounds.

The same must be true of me.  My visuals must reflect Him. My audibles must sound like Him.

What a responsibility!  But there is a clear bottom line.  If my face and my words aren’t Godly, then I am apart from Him.  There is no other way to explain it.

How can I pull this off?  I can’t without Him!  I must be completely committed to Him.  No need to force myself into this mode, it must come naturally.

When I think of His love for me, it is overwhelming.  I have never earned it.  It is grace.

When I recognize what He has done for me, I am filled with a need to love Him back.  To do what He wants me to do in this life.  Not to mess things up.

I have an eternal future in heaven.  I know that, because of what Jesus/God did, I will stand completely in the clear before a holy and righteous God on Judgment Day.  Heaven is my after-life future.  Praise be to Him!

“Lord, thank You.  Your Love for me is immeasurable.  Help me to love You back in ways that please You.  Enable me to share You boldly with others.  I love You, Father.”

Are you new in Him?

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