We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.Romans 6:4
Newness of life. That feeling when a new season bursts forth changing the temperature and the landscape around us. The cooling relief from the heat of summer or the soothing warmth after a long frigid winter. The sounds of leaves crunching or the sight of bright flowers blooming. The sense that great things are to come and the struggles of the past season can be laid to rest. This is imagery that comes to mind as I read this passage of Scripture. The fact God has provided a way for us even as we were engulfed in our own sin is truly beautiful and breathtaking. As new believers, we are often full of that “new season” anticipation…wondering what God will do in our newness of life, what opportunities He has in store for us to serve Him. Our excitement and desire to bring Him glory is overwhelming. However, over time we have the tendency to lean into the monotony of our day to day lives, letting that sweet anticipation fade. It is replaced with worries, struggles, anger, and frustration. We allow ourselves to ruminate in the troubles of our lives and push away the rest and peace which He so graciously provides.
For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.Romans 6:10-11
If you are a Christ follower who has been raised to walk in newness of life, I encourage you to take a moment to reflect on your life. As you walk through life, are you walking with a posture of teachability and growth? Are you filled with excitement for the kingdom work all around you? Are you willing to consider yourself dead to sin? Or have you allowed yourself to enter a season of complacency, overwhelmed by burdens only our Savior is equipped to carry? Wherever you are in your walk today, be refreshed with the knowledge that Jesus has given us the grace to walk in newness of life and has called us to live in Him. He has already conquered sin and death so go forth and live in the excitement for that newness of life and meditate on His Words as your heart is transformed by His Spirit.