8 men of Harrisburg talked about life as we know it this AM in the gloom of Louis’ diner. There was no sugar coating either… or banannas, raisins, or other toppings for your oatmeal.
YHC had a lesson from about 6 weeks ago that had been planned. The arrival of the 2.0 threw a wrench in my plans, just as expected. Before he made his appearance, I knew that life was about to be forever changed. Little did I know…
As I said, about six weeks ago, I knew that the arrival of Benjamin was eminent. I also knew that this was going to be totally knew and life altering. Life as I knew it would be unrecogizeable. What would I do? How would I handle this new challenge? As I pondered these things, the voice of God said, “this is what is supposed to happen when you accept Christ. Your old life should be unrecognizable.”
Don’t just take my word for it. Let’s see what God’s Word says. Jesus says in Revelation 21:5 that”…I make all things new…”
2nd Corinthians 5:14-17 OYO – Especially V17. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature: the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
After your decision for Christ, how much of your old life is still around? Old habits die hard… right? What about your language? Are you saying the same things? We are supposed to be “new creatures.”
The Apostle Paul is a great example of being totally transformed after meeting Jesus. In Acts 8:1-3 he is a jerk, jailing or killing Christians. He even had a different name! But just one chapter over, he meets Jesus on the Road to Damascus and is transformed. Check it out in Acts 9:20-22. The people that saw him knew his face but could not understand the change that was made. It was so drastic that he even got a new name!
We shouldn’t be living a blended life. Holding on to the old while looking for the benefits of the new.
Finally, read Luke 14:25-33. We are supposed to give up everything for Jesus. He says so… really. Read it.
We cannot have the mindset of having a “Jesus Flavored” life, with religion sprinkled around when it is comfortable and convenient. We are called to have our life and desires poured out and let the Holy Ghost of God refill our vessel with righteousness and a heart for God. Remember, we have been bought with a price. We are not our own any longer once you have made that decision. Our lives should be unrecognizeable.
- Great discussion today guys. Thank you for the opportunity. It is great to be around the PAX after so many weeks away. As fun as it has been, it is nice to talk about something besides the baby.
- Othello got forced into a healthy breakfast, no matter how hard he tried to sweeten his bowl of gruel, I mean oatmeal… Great way to start off the discussion. Breakfast as you know it will never be the same.
- Stay tuned for the venue for the next round of Endurance. Louis will be closed…