We don’t know what will happen as we prepare for the start of a new season, but we have an eagerness to become the best we can and do everything possible to put our teams in the best position to succeed.
New beginnings aren’t only possible in sports. Our own lives also have new beginnings, each one reflecting the incredible work of the Lord that renews our hearts and lasts beyond our lifetimes.
When Jesus gets a hold of us, He brings newness in many areas:
A New Creation
When Jesus saves us from the snare of sin, we are cleansed from any unrighteousness and given a new standing before God as His son or daughter. We have a newfound status before Him; our old ways are gone, and we are filled with new ways of living. We’re transformed from the inside out, by God’s Spirit, as He refines us from where we’ve been and how we’ve thought and acted. We become more like Jesus.
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun.” -2 Corinthians 5:17
A New Example
Through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, we have a prime example of what it looks like to fulfill our days living for God. Jesus loved people, cared for the marginalized, defended the meek and stood firm on the Word of God. We look to Jesus to live and love like Him. Where can we stand up for others seen as weak? Is there a team manager who needs an extra smile and dose of encouragement? Live out this example and show them the care of Christ.
“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” -Galatians 2:20
A New Way of Living
God has transformed our hearts and minds so much, there is no way we can go back to the way things were. Sure, we might try hanging with the same friends, but if they’re doing things that aren’t wise or healthy, we may feel uncomfortable and notice a difference. It’s the Holy Spirit moving in us to remind us that Jesus has called us into a different way of living that glorifies God, a way of life that is good. Pay attention: If there are people you need to step away from, take courage. If there are habits you need to stop, pray for God to give you the strength needed to let go. Look to Him every step of the way as He guides you in the life of Christ.
“For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.” -Romans 6:4
God has good plans for your life. He sent His Son to bring you back into His family from a fallen world. We can honor Him as we learn to navigate a new great life within us and a new life to live. Like a new sports season, let’s get excited for what’s to come on this journey with our Creator.
“For since the world began,
no ear has heard
and no eye has seen a God like You,
who works for those who wait for Him!”
This is a wonderful adventure you never expected. He has begun something great in you and wants to work it out every day in every way.
God’s constantly moving and shaping us for what we need each day. Let Him move in you. Get comfortable with His ways; get used to new.
Question: What is the new way of living Jesus is asking you to live out today?
Challenge: Take the challenge of memorizing one or two of the above Scriptures about what it means to have new life in Christ.
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