March 28

2 Corinthians 5:16-21

“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” vs. 17

Being a disciple of Jesus is far more than believing in him and walking in his way. While those things are important Paul describes discipleship as more of a mystical union, an entering into Christ that allows us to experience the pulsating energy of God that is the heartbeat of the universe. We are recreated and made into the remarkable persons that God has intended from the very beginning. We actually become Christs to the world and in us is seen the awesome presence of God that was present in Jesus of Nazareth. In us the world sees love and forgiveness and experiences the gentle kindness that is the hope of humanity. It’s not a matter of doing what is right so that we can go to heaven some day. Rather, heaven comes to us and day by day there is a transformation of our hearts and minds. It would be nice if this happened all at once with a kind of explosive force, and that may happen with some. For most of us the change comes slowly, and sometimes years pass by before we can abandon the self-righteous judging style that plagues so many Christians. What a blessing it is to finally be embraced by the Christ, realize that we are loved, and accept the new life that is ours!

Thought for the Day: How can I know if I am in Christ?

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