Newness of Life
Romans 6:4Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Often I hear Christians lamenting the things they’ve left behind, sympathizing with their flesh over their carnal sacrifices. They seem to almost pity their old carnal nature, feeling bad for the crucifixion of it. Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever looked at both your present and past activities and wished for the past? Or perhaps you have looked at others who are not saved, and felt as though you have nothing to offer them.
Could this really be the Christian life? One filled with leftover longings of bygone times. One shrouded in timidity because you aren’t convince what you possess is what others need. One secretly desiring the former glory of a carnal life.
Let me assure you, brother and sister, the newness of a life in Christ should scarcely be compared to the life you’ve left behind. Christians are called to a life of glory, whereby we might bring glory to the father. We are called to lives of victory. Lives of triumph. Lives that are, quite frankly, supernatural.
Now, I am aware that my merely saying this might indeed only inspire hope, but fails to point out the everyday application. You might agree to this truth, but feel uncomfortable about its actualization in your life. How? This is the question we need to know.
My answer here is my answer elsewhere. Abide in Christ. Cut the roots out of your former life and with abandon abide in Christ. When you abide, you open up your life to a life-giving flow that empowers you to live the life to which you are called. When you place yourself in the arms of Christ, never to move, you plug into an electric source which will illuminate your life as never before. It is when you unplug that you dim, it is when you leave that the flow is halted and your leaves wither.
Even now you are in Christ, abiding. Take time to continually bring yourself back to a consciousness of your place in the True Vine. And don’t feel bad for the old flesh. The newness of life is beyond compare.