Date: Monday, January 27
Scripture: Romans 7:1-6
Verse: In the same way, my friends, you have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God. (Romans 7:4)
This is going to sound obvious, but let it sink in for a moment: You will never get there without leaving here. Like a kid on the monkey bars, you cannot grab the rung in front of you until you let go of the one behind you. On a journey, every step toward the new, is a step away from the old. You cannot receive a gift without letting go of what is already in your hands.
In today’s passage Paul makes this point about our lives with Christ. We cannot fully embrace our new life, being a new creation, until we are willing to let go of our old ones. We must leave our current lives of sin behind, in order to enter fully into our lives with Christ. As long as we hang on to the old, we cannot fully receive the new life God has for us. Or, as long as we stay here, we will never get there.
The concept is simply, but living it out can be quite difficult. We know this life. We have grown accustomed to it. It is comfortable and safe. Today the Bible reminds us there is a far better life ahead of us, if only we would embrace it. The problem is, we will never be able to embrace it, as long as our arms are filled with our old sinful behaviors to which we have become attached.
Keep reading the devotions this week, as we will continue to talk not just about letting go, but also this new life we need to embrace.
Prayer: O God, give me courage to trust you as I let go of the past and move toward your future. Amen.
Action: Help someone carrying a load today. Free their arms to embrace something new.
Respond: When have you struggled to leave something behind, only to find later that where you were going was much, much better? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below.
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