I can’t think of a thing more discouraging than being defined by what I am NOT. Of course, the list is long, and for most of us, that list is freighted with a fair amount of disappointment, squandered opportunity, or even just plain failure.
In his letter to the church he planted in Ephesus, Paul hammered home some of the glaring negatives attached to that fledgling Gentile fellowship:
- not Jewish
- not circumcised
- not included in the covenant
- no hope
- no God (See Ephesians 2:12)
The good news attached to this, however, is that when they crossed the threshold into belief, all these negatives changed. Like a massive polarity-flipping power surge, all their noes had become yeses in Christ.
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”Ephesians 2:13
Rejoice, friends, because this is true of you as well, if you have handed yourself over to God. You cannot be comprehended by negatives nor defined by what you are NOT!
You have become an insider, included in all the glorious promises of God. Your new life, soaked in grace, can manifest Christ to those who are still on the outside so they can see, by your walk and by your words, that there is a different way to live in relation to their Creator.
If you are looking for a blessing, spend some time right now pondering your own “I once was lost but now am found” backstory. Here are some verses to get you started:
I Corinthians 5:17 — Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
Colossians 3:9 — …you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator…
Isaiah 43:18, 19 — Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
Grateful for a new beginning every single day,
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