Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. - Colossians 3:10 (NLT)
We’re only a couple weeks into 2018 and any goals or resolutions you may have made are still probably a priority. They haven’t yet been lost to our overcrowded schedules or the weight of any expectations.
Whether you’ve had a relationship with Jesus your entire life, a couple years, a couple months, or are still figuring out what you believe, strengthening our faith and spiritual life should be one of our top goals. We should do a self-check often so our relationship with Him doesn’t become stale.
When we mindlessly settle into routines, our spiritual life suffers the consequences, leading us to a mundane and parched reservoir. It doesn’t happen overnight. It’s little by little, without us even expecting it. I don’t know about you, but I want to always be living out a new life in Christ no matter how long it’s been since I accepted Him as my Savior. But, what does that life look like? I don’t have a one-size-fits-all answer for you. Because I believe that the answer is different for every one of us. We live in a world of sin and we all stumble differently daily.
When it comes to living out a new life in Christ, one of the most radical transformations in the Bible is Paul. When he’s first introduced to us in Acts 7:58, he’s known as Saul. His agenda was to destroy the church and anyone who believed in Jesus and preached God’s Word. Acts 9 reveals that it was while Saul was traveling to Damascus with the mission of killing the Lord’s followers that he encountered Jesus in a supernatural way.
It didn’t take long for him to drastically accept a new mission and later to be known as Paul. It’s a fascinating story that I encourage you to read fully. We may never have an encounter with Jesus or transformation the same way Paul did, but his new life in Christ is a great example to us as well as a reminder that God can use any one of us, no matter our past. Paul listened to the voice of God: he processed, waited, prayed, believed, accepted, obeyed, and acted.
Colossians 3:10 tells us to “Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.” It’s worth noting that the author of Colossians was Paul. A new life in Christ may be more simple than we think...
Learn to know your Creator and become like Him.
As we continue to journey through 2018, let’s be intentional about learning to know our Creator better so we can become more like Him and share His good news.
1. What are different ways that you can learn to know God better?
2. What areas of your life are keeping you from growing closer to Jesus? What steps can you take to shift the areas of your life that are not bringing glory to God?
O God, Rock of our Salvation, thank You for choosing me to advance your Kingdom on Earth. Please don’t ever quench my appetite to chase after You. Father, guide me to Your Word and help me to discern Your guidance. Thank You for being patient with me when I stumble on the way to living a new life in You. You are my sanctuary in a world that needs Your light. May Your name be glorified more than any other, Amen.
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