I am challenged by this passage that I read in my personal devotional time:
Colossians 3:10-11 “Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. In this new life...”
To the church in Corinth he writes “if anyone is in Christ he is a new creature the old has passed everything is new”
At the heart of this passage lie two truths:
1. Jesus died so that we may restore a friendship relationship with God. By accepting his offer of forgiveness we enter into a new life. There is a new beginning; God declares this relationship restored and we are declared forgiven. But this is only the start.
2. From that moment on it is up to us; we need to put on this new life. It is like having a smart jacket - we need to wear it.
Paul goes on to describe this new life: it is life where people are kind, humble and gentle, and where people forgive each other easily. Where people allow others a little space to make mistakes. In the middle of everything that life throws our way, it is a life that knows peace. Imagine living in a world where everyone lives by this code!
In a world where more and more people are drawing a line in the sand I think this is the better, less complicated life. The key to this life is stated, “and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.”
This year our leadership - the pastors and the elders - have committed ourselves to do everything in our power to help you learn to know your creator. We want you to have this God life, this best life, this uncomplicated life.
This Sunday is “Vision Sunday” at Eastside make sure you are there as I share how we will aim to make this happen in your life this year.