My old clothes made me feel dowdy and many of them were ill-fitting.
Reference: v.6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin (TNIV Bible)
Explore: I finally bit the bullet the other day and went out to buy a whole new bunch of clothes. I had not been shopping for a very long time and I felt my wardrobe was in desperate need of sprucing up. My old clothes made me feel dowdy and many of them were ill-fitting. So, with a little savings in my pocket, I hit the shops with a friend and purchased some new outfits. Now, every morning when I’m trying to decide what to wear, I feel like I have so many more options and possibilities of how I can look for the day.
Application: Getting a new wardrobe made me feel like I had so many more options in such a small part of my life – my clothing. Yet when we align ourselves with Jesus we have so many more options in every part of our life. When we believe that Jesus died for our sins, it is like our old self has died that death too. And just as He conquered death, so too, has our new life risen from the death of sin and we are now filled with a whole new life of opportunity with Christ. The new lease of life we have with Jesus is far greater than a new wardrobe and gives us the meaning and purpose we desire in our lives.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You sacrificed everything so we could have a greater life with you. Thank you for not resenting your actions, but for inviting us into that new life with you. Amen.
What has Jesus sacrifice meant in your life?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.