A New Perspective

“So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.” Colossians 3:1-2

How many conversion experiences have you had in your life?  Was it the one time when you “got it”? That moment when you can say you were saved?  Or have you never known a time in your life when you weren’t a Christian?  Whether you’re in the first group or the second, I believe we all have many conversions.  These are moments when we see things differently and turn closer to God.

Perhaps it happens during worship or Bible study.  Other times God whispers our name until we finally stop and listen.  Then there are those moments when life brings us to our knees in pain.  Or we hear something that shakes our faith.  Working through it, we fall more deeply in love with God.

Each of these moments is a conversion experience.  And to give it full meaning, we would do well to stop and pay attention.  Conversion means repentance.  Sometimes it’s easy to make that 180 degree turn.  Other times we do it only after going through a difficult time and coming out the other side feeling like Jacob wrestling the angel in the wilderness.

The good news is that Christ is with us through it all.  Christ surrounds us with love, yet grants us space to do our work.

I find it hard to believe that Christ died for me.  He died for you and the rest of the world.  But, for me?  That’s heady stuff.  Not only did Christ die for me, I died with him and I’ve been raised to new life with him.

How can we not live as Paul challenged the Colossians to live: act like one raised with Christ; quit shuffling along gazing on all the bad stuff; look up!  Look at what Christ has done and is doing in the world.

Every time we repent we experience a conversion moment: a moment to be changed and transformed; a moment to fall in love with God like never before.

All glory and honor be to God.

Amen.


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