Theme of the Week: All Things New: A New You
Bible Verse: “His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3, CSB
Scripture Reading: 1 John 3:1-3; 2 Peter 1:1-3
What would you like to change? Maybe you’d choose to change your appearance, or find a partner, or have better-behaved children. Perhaps you’re seeking one more step up the career ladder, or maybe just to get onto a career ladder. Maybe you’d like to be more confident and witty, or maybe less angry or depressed, or less controlled by your emotions. We all want to change in some way. Some of these changes are good, others not so good. But the problem with all of them is that they’re not ambitious enough. God offers us something more—much, much more!
Jesus shows us God’s agenda for change.
God isn’t interested in making us religious. Think of Jesus, who was hated by religious people.
God isn’t interested in making us spiritual, if by spiritual, we mean detached. Jesus was God getting involved with us.
God isn’t interested in making us self-absorbed: Jesus was self-giving personified.
God isn’t interested in serenity: Jesus was passionate for God, angry at sin, weeping for the city.
The word holy means “set apart” or “consecrated.” For Jesus, holiness meant being set apart from, or different from, our sinful ways. It didn’t mean being set apart from the world but being consecrated to God in the world. He was God’s glory in and for the world.
Taken from You Can Change: God’s Transforming Power for Our Sinful Behavior and Negative Emotions by Tim Chester, © 2010. Used by permission of Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, crossway.org.
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