Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life. 1 Corinthians 5:22 NLT
One bitterly cold New Year's Eve, L Street had opened as a warming shelter for those living outside. We got warm food and hot chocolate into folks and settled everyone down with mattresses and blankets. Before the lights were dimmed, we even celebrated New Year's in a fashion; instead of the ball dropping, one of our guests stood on a chair and dropped a munchkin. Earlier that evening, this gentle, inebriated gentleman predicted, "You're going to die." He quickly followed up, saying that he and everyone else was destined to die. His point was there is no avoiding the inevitable, and we must be right with God because we don't know when that time will come.
He is also an example of someone who experienced new life. In every conversation volunteers had with this gentleman, he never failed to thank God and say how much he loved Jesus. I am happy to report that he was released from his addiction through lots of prayers, encouragement, and desire. At last report, he had remained sober and living with family.
Our experience of God's love is no less miraculous, nor is our salvation less radical. When we accepted Jesus Christ, we were delivered from our sins, received forgiveness, and were given new life. Not only the promise of life beyond this earthly one, but we can rejoice in the freedom from the sins that previously bound us. By the blood of Jesus Christ, we are redeemed, and by the Holy Spirit, we are given the strength to prevail.
God, we thank you for the new life we've been given. Help us not be bashful in sharing the good news of our deliverance with others so that they may also experience the joy of knowing you. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.