Daily Bible Inspirations

Start Anew

by Sam

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new.

2 Corinthians 5:17

Have you ever wanted to “redo” life? I remember the 17 year old me. I was having a blast in my small Christian boarding school. I had many friends, I was in great physical shape, and I knew exactly what I wanted to do in life.

Fast forward to today and I have a small but close group of friends, I have the middle age belly, and I’m back in school for the third time doing a drastic career change. Sometimes I feel I wasted many years and wish I could redo those again.

Sometimes it is easy to feel that way on the Christian journey. We start out on fire for God, having deep devotionals, going to vespers and small groups, participating in worship, and living life with God. But then we stumble and fall, we sin and mess up. Some of our old habits creep back into our lives. Old friends come around and we act the same to keep up the friendship. Or we simply lose the interest in Bible study, prayer, and meditation on God’s Word. Our thoughts more often drift to things we shouldn’t think, than to thoughts we should. Oh to go back to being on fire.

God is patient and helps us back up. God knows we cannot change ourselves. He knows that without His power and strength, we can do nothing. God wants to come live in us. He wants to give us new bodies that don’t crave bad things, new minds that don’t dwell in sinful things, and a strong spirit that dwells and draws strength from Him.

Pray: Jesus, I want to change in You right now. Help me to start anew with You. In Your name, I pray, Amen.