May 13th – Romans 6:4
Receiving Jesus as Savior is more than a get out of hell free card. It’s the beginning of a true, spiritual transformation. And even better, a deep, abiding relationship with God. Paul uses the image of burial and resurrection to illustrate that transformation. As followers of Jesus we have been “buried with Him by baptism into death.” This means that we have died to our old way of life and have been made new in Christ. Through baptism, we identify with Jesus in his death, burial, and resurrection, and we share in the new life that he offers. This new life is characterized by a new way of thinking, a new way of living, and a new relationship with God. As Christians, we are called to live in a way that is pleasing to God. And this involves putting to death our old sinful nature and living according to the Holy Spirit. Because of His great love, our heavenly Father sent His Son not only to pay for our sins, but to offer us a beautiful abundant life on earth. (John 10:10) Won’t you take Him up on His offer?