by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…” (1 Peter 1:3, NIV)
How are things going this week looking at your new year, and new life with a new mindset? As we keep working through what is different and why things can be different, we need to know who makes it different. Jesus, that’s who.
Our Bible verse for today spells this out very clearly. Peter begins by praising God the Father through Jesus the Son, who gives you a living hope through Jesus’ resurrection. You must recognize that before the resurrection was possible, there must have been a death. This is representative of your need to die to a old worn out way of living and thinking, so the mercy of God in Christ can be extended to you and raise you into an eternal life. This gets precisely back to the living hope we explored on Monday that cannot be pilfered, polluted, or tarnished. Jesus wants to transform your life into an experience of the eternal.
I think it is important to point out that Peter refers to God’s mercy. Mercy, of course, is given in the love of God that saves us from the fate we deserve. You need this mercy daily, because of the tendency to slip back into seeking glory from things that can be pilfered, polluted, or tarnished. In great God’s mercy He gives you the chance to experience His resurrecting power on a daily basis, shielding you from the disappointment, discouragement, and depression that comes when we see our trophies stolen, cheapened, or tarnished. Jesus makes it different. Forever! Will you open your heart to Him, give your life to Him, and follow Him? He makes life different!
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for your mercy in Jesus. I know I need to die to my old worn out way of thinking, placing my hope in things that can be pilfered, polluted, or tarnished, so forgive me for the times I go back to them. Help me to experience the resurrecting power of Jesus on a daily basis so I can be truly different now and forever. I lift this prayer in His name. Amen.