I talked with a man considering Christ. He said one of his hesitations to accepting Christ was to confess his part in the mess of his life. We had not talked about confession; however, people often connect the need to confess when they talk with clergy. I’m still amazed at the stories people tell me, anxious to get it all out, wanting to be free of the stuff that has weighed them down. And. When I tell people about how Christ took on the burden and pain of what they’ve done, providing a way to be free to live beyond the pressure of the stuff, there’s a moment of incredulous gratefulness when they realize someone will not shove blame or shame at them. Even so, belief in Christ is not always an overnight experience.
He promised to think about Christ. And, I promised to pray for him.
While we must deal with the messiness of life, there’s a way to be redeemed from what we’ve done, there’s a way to live freed from condemnation, there’s a way out of hopelessness, there’s a way to leave all the stuff in the grave, there’s a way to experience life without blame and shame. In other words, we do not need to live our life according to what we’ve done but we’re invited to live a new life according to what Christ has done.
Consider: So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death (Romans 8: 1-2, NLT).
Christ overcame death, freeing us from attaching our life to the things that belong in the grave, making all things new, releasing us from the power of what was to what could be. The thing is . . . it’s our choice . . to step out of the stuff, believing there’s new life through Christ. And. It’s a daily choice . . . to let the stuff that belongs in the grave to stay in the grave . . . intentionally living new through a daily encounter with the life-giving power of the Spirit.
God always has something more for us to experience; however, it’s our choice to live new each day, confessing what does not belong, leaving the stuff behind in the grave, stepping into the divine plan of the day, accepting a fresh touch from the Spirit.
Put it on the life list . . . live new each day, refreshed by the life-giving power of the Spirit.
- Refuse to live in the shadow of the grave.
- Take the opportunity to live new each day.
- Let the stuff that belongs in the grave stay in the grave.
Learning to Kickstart the day . . . new.
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)