Text: John 3.1-16
Many of us have times in our life when we want a “do over,” to erase from our life a bad choice or decision that follows us wherever we go. Jesus offers us the greatest “do over” we’ll ever get: accepting his death on the cross for your sin problem, he raises you with himself into a new life, free of sin and its effects.
He changes you into a new person, with a new identity, where there’s no longer condemnation for bad choices and actions.
Being a “new you” is what Jesus means in John 3 when he tells Nicodemus he must be “born again”: into a new life, with a new identity, and citizenship in God’s eternal Kingdom. But once you become the “new you,” God doesn’t take away your ability to make choices. Your new identity means you now must choose to follow Christ’s example in what you think, say, and do.
Therefore, if you’re raised with Christ there has to be a change in you. If you’re alive in Christ, then you don’t have to live like you are still “dead.”
As you welcome God into your week, consider this week’s Big Idea . . . I am not the “me” I used to be. Then, prayerfully consider how you can demonstrate that this week.