I know we all have in mind new things we are going to do and accomplish this year. The list of our perceived imperfections is long: out of shape, unorganized, not enough savings, and the list goes on. I myself have resolved to learn guitar the last 3 years in a row and remain unsuccessful in my goal. Yes, there is always a way that we can improve ourselves, but before that happens, let’s look and see what Christ has already done for us.
The very short version is that Christ lived a perfect life, which he sacrificed for us. He satisfied the debt of God by taking on all of our sin and punishment at the cross. But he didn’t stay dead – after 3 days he rose from the grave and ascended to heaven – and that is great news for you and me!
If you are in Christ Jesus, then you are a new creation.
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
The most important New Year’s resolution you could possibly accomplish has happened. Now what? Now you strive to follow Jesus as the imperfect person you are.
This is hard…. it personally took a couple times of hearing the gospel before it changed my own heart and actions. But my salvation story is one of an immediate change.
I went on a Young Life trip to Florida during spring break my sophomore year of college, and the speaker that week was the Senior Pastor at the Austin Stone church. He spoke about how there is nothing in our life that we’ve done that is bad enough to separate us from Jesus. He continued telling us that Jesus knows everything we have done and will ever do, and he still died on the cross for us. Even more, if you or I were the only person alive, Jesus would still die on the cross for us. That’s pretty amazing!
Driving back from Florida I was a new person. And it was definitely not of my own doing. So before you beat yourself up over what you haven’t accomplished, let’s remember Jesus and all that he has already accomplished for us. Because of his sacrifice, we get to spend eternity in Heaven, which definitely beats losing 10 pounds. Thanks, Jesus!
Written by Alexa, a guest contributor
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