Wednesday, February 17, 2016

don't slip back to the old way


So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. 14 So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. 15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”

Who said life would be easy?  Whoever said it was not telling the truth.  We have all kinds of opportunity each day to enjoy life or to just get through.  The choice belongs to each of us.

Depending on what we treasure or what is important to us makes a lot of difference in enjoying life or just getting through.  I have met many people that are always on the defensive and protecting what seems the most important.  Then there are people who seem to live free and enjoy each day.

By putting “all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come” we make sure that what matters most stays that way.  The next verse warns us “don’t slip back in to your old ways”.  God’s plan for us is filed with hope and grace.  Satan’s plan for us is distracting and damaging our lives.  Again the choice is ours.

Why does God tell us to be holy?  It isn’t about obeying the law or making sure you do things right.  It is about letting God make your life and mine count for so much more.

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

Keep going the right direction or clip back in to the old ways … the choice is yours and mine.  May our lives line up with what matters and encourage others to run toward God.

Holy living brings joy, and remember it really is about grace filled living that leads to even more.

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