We are all in a constant search for fulfillment and happiness, making it easy to become consumed by the worldly things we tend to put our hopes in. Often, we turn to the things that will bring us temporary joy, and eventual sorrow, forgetting Jesus and the hope he brings. “Blessed be the God and the Father our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3). Jesus became, and was always destined to be, our living hope when he rose from the grave and defeated death. “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). This passage of scripture is speaking of how, when Christ was physically dead, we were dead in our sins, and when he was raised from the dead, we were raised out of sin and are now able to “walk in a newness of life.” He has made us new. Peter tells us that we are “born again”, not literally, but of the spirit of God (John 3:5). Because of the Lord’s mercy, he has allowed us to be made new. This means we are no longer judged by our past mistakes and decisions. “For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under the law but under grace” (Romans 6:14). This does not mean your actions should continue to go against the Lord, but when we mess up (and we will) we are not punished because Jesus graciously paid the price for our sins. “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57). Thanks be to God, who gives us freedom to live under grace and have victory over sin.
Pray this today:
“Dear Lord, help me remember you as I go into my day and the sacrifice you made for me. Thank you for allowing me to be made new and know that my past does not define who I am. Let me rest in the fact that I am a child of God and my identity is secure in you. Help me live a life that glorifies and points to you.”