My annual physical examination reflected favorable numbers and levels like I never dreamed possible. The various evaluators on the team kept remarking, “Wow, you must really be doing things differently!” When they asked, I told them I was doing what I learned God wanted me to do rather than what I wanted or felt like doing, and explained that I had a twelve-step fellowship to help me keep on track. While these medical professionals only saw the new creation from the outside, I was rejoicing also in the work God is doing on the inside of His new creation too.
15 He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.
17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10). “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:8). Help me keep from pride in the grace You have given me, but to remember to “comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1:4). Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all” (1 Chronicles 29:11).