Monday, September 10, 2012

Thought of the Day !!

For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism.  And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. 
                                                                       Romans 6:4 (NLT)

Paul says that through baptism we go through a death.  I take this to mean that it's death to this world and its control over us. 

He also tells us that just as Christ was raised from the dead, so can we be raised.  We can have new lives.  These are changed lives that matter.  These are second chances.  And these new lives are gifts to each of us. 

Being born again with Christ is an opportunity to live life in a better way and to find unseen joys in Christ that we never thought possible before.  This gift is available to all and enjoyed by many. 

The problem is that when we accept Christ into our lives, we can squander this gift by still trying to find our joy and peace in how the world brings it to us.  And so before long our new lives look not unlike our old ones. 

I encourage you to think about this gift that you received when you were baptized (or when you accepted Jesus and were born again).  Are you living a new life with all its possibilities?  Or has the old life crept back in?

In the love of Christ,


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