“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun. And all of this is a gift from God, who has brought us back to Himself through Christ. And God had given US this task of reconciling people back to Him.”
2 Corinthians 5:17-18(NLT)
As I was walking towards a church this Sunday, I noticed a sign in their courtyard that said the following…”Broken your new years resolution already? Only Jesus can change us for good!” Although it sounds quite quirky, there is an underlying truth in that statement. People are looking for change!
So often, at the start of a new year, resolutions are made to change lifestyles, bad habits, make more time for family or even extra personal time. All these are great aspirations. In fact it is a wise thing to set goals and visions for the year.
However, what seems like good intentions at the beginning of January often seems like a distant memory by the end of it. So what can make a permanent change in our lives? The answer…. Jesus Christ. It may sound obvious for a believer but the truth is, is that only Jesus can transform us from the inside out. And His change is permanent if we allow Him to fully transform us.
Let these verses be an encouragement this morning. Jesus can change you forever. If you are fed up of your lifestyle, falling over the same hurdles, living a life separate from God’s best for you, then know there is good news… Jesus, and He is only a prayer away. The challenge is, is that once our lives have been changed, “God had given US this task of reconciling people back to Him.”
Open your heart to Christ’s reconciling work and let Him change you forever!