19th -20th December
“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 bought us back to Himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to Him.”
2 Corinthians 5:17-18
Christmas time is about new beginnings; A time to give, and a time to receive (in the words of Cliff Richard). Yet the greatest gift humanity received was the birth of Jesus Christ. His birth was a new beginning for humanity. It was a new chapter of grace in the history of mankind. A new lease of life for all those lost in darkness and en-slaved in the captivity of sin. It was, as Paul rightly says, a ‘gift from God’. Salvation is a gift. A free gift that only needs accepting.
Yet once we accept this gift, our old lifestyles, habits, and decisions change to someone who is living not for themselves but for Jesus Christ. When Jesus enters our hearts, our desires change from living to please ourselves, to living to please Him. To put it plainly – we are spiritually re-born, or better still, we are spiritually awakened (once dead in our sins but now alive in Christ!).
Because of our new birth we are ambassadors for Jesus, telling as many people as we can about His goodness and reconciling people back Him. Let us not forget, that Jesus, the greatest gift, was given to us so that we can live in all that God has for us. If you have been changed by His grace, then share that gift with someone else too… Freely you have received, freely you shall give!