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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, May 15, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
When we trust in Christ, we make an exchange: He takes our sin and makes us right with God. Our sin was laid on Christ at his crucifixion. His righteousness is given to us at our conversion. This is what Christians mean by Christ’s atonement for sin. In the world, bartering works only when two people exchange goods of relatively equal value. But God offers to trade his righteousness for our sin—something of immeasurable worth for something completely worthless. How grateful we should be for His kindness to us. (NLT)
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 – What this means is that those who become Christians become new person. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!
All this newness of life is from God, who brought us back to himself through what Christ did. And God has given us the task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others. We are Christ’s ambassadors, and God is using us to speak to you. We urge you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you, “Be reconciled to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! –2 Corinthians 5:17 (NRSV)
John I Penn (Georgia) titled his story “THE NEW ME;” here is a portion of John’s story:
“One of my favorite places to study the Bible and to spend my devotional time is in the room adjoining our kitchen, near a fireplace and lots of windows. In this peaceful and picturesque space . . . As I look into the morning sky, my attention is drawn to the moving clouds that are constantly changing in size and shape.
“The cloud formations remind me that God is always creating and recreating, making all things new. Since Christ came into my life, I have radically changed. The old me is being transformed into a new creation. Daily I am dying to my old self – the me who tried to live life by my own strength and power. This by no means has been easy. My life is a work in progress. I am not yet what I ought to be, but thanks to God I am not what I used to be. Through God’s amazing grace and transforming power, God is shaping me into the image of Jesus Christ.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Abundant life begins with accepting God’s love and saving grace.
Prayer: Creator God, thank you for looking beyond our faults and seeing our need for salvation. Forgive us and guide us daily as we seek to grow in the likeness of Christ. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/