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Clickity click, clickity click immediately filled the room as we typed one of my favorite sayings:
“Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”
Back in the mid-seventies at Slidell High (before computers were introduced into schools), typing was one of my favorite classes. I excelled to nearly the top of my class with the speed drills. And not only did I like the rhythm of typing the above saying, I loved the message of the sentence.
Even then, I was comforted with the reality that I could start over today and head in a different direction. It meant that today I could make the choices I wished I was already living by.
But sometimes it’s easier said than done. Therefore, while we continue making our way through Romans 6, let’s also (as we discussed last week) pray with someone who will encourage us to choose behavior that will help us grow spiritually. But we start by leaving our old life behind.
In this week’s verses, baptism symbolically illustrates a believer dying to his or her old life (the years before receiving Christ as Savior) and rising to a brand new life in Him:
Romans 6:3-4 NASB
:3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?
:4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
Newness of life!
Let this holy season be one of great spiritual growth. Spend time with God on a daily basis, memorize and/or mediate on His Word, and consider choosing an accountability person. If you’d rather seek and offer prayer and support online, we are available to you via the comment link (pseudonyms allowed).
Shall we begin walking in newness of life … today?!
As always, please remember that I’m here if you need me. You can use a pseudonym if you want to share a little about your struggle (via the comment link). I’d be honored to pray with you.
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