Day 6

January 13

Michelle Hollingsworth

Romans 6:4 NIV

4 We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

What in the world does it mean to be buried with Christ through baptism? I would say it is making a choice to follow Jesus by giving Him full control of your life. You make a conscious effort to let the past go, with all its failures, regrets, guilt, and the icky stuff of life. You bury it. It’s like taking all the scraps from your produce and putting it into the compost bin. You have to leave it all behind so that it can be made into rich fertilizer.

The next step is to follow Christ and let Him transform your heart. God‘s unlimited love is a gift that requires your simple acceptance of Him. It is a lifelong process, trusting God every day. His power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in me. It is the supernatural Holy Spirit that helps me to stay Christ centered. When I make a mistake, I know God’s grace is waiting for me so that I can learn from my failures and experiences.  

My new life is one of freedom and purpose. I am free from my limited thinking, selfishness, and the lies that the enemy tells me. I am free to worship and allow the Holy Spirit to guide me to understand Scripture and give me hope. Because I have hope, I can share it with other people. My purpose is to serve the Lord by telling people that they can have this new life in Christ.  

Prayer: Dear Lord, Thank You for Your gift of Life. I choose to die to my old self and live for Christ. Please help me to see and understand this new life today as I trust God with all my heart. I praise You for all the blessings You have given me and continue to give me so that I may love other people. Amen.

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