Words from the Heart for Thursday June 28th, 2018
Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.
Colossians 3:10 (NLT)
Your New Nature
Our new life as followers of Jesus will continue to bring glory to the One who created the universe and is “making” us new. Our salvation came at the price of the death of Christ on the cross. We will become like this wonderful Lord as we get to know Him even better. The Lord is eager to bring us into the fullness of what He has planned for us.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada recently announced the protection of 3,300 square kilometres of boreal forest in northeast Alberta. When added to neighbouring conserved lands, the area now measures 67,000 square kilometres, making it the world’s largest contiguous protected boreal forest. The new Birch River Wildland Provincial Park is a haven for trees and plants and a nursery for many migratory bird species. Three species listed under the Species at Risk Act include the peregrine falcon, wood bison and woodland caribou.
Every one of us have put on a costume at some time or another. It might have been in a church or school play, or at Hallowe’en. And while it changed what we looked like on the outside, inside we were the same person. What God does for us when we come into a relationship with Jesus Christ is the exact opposite. Physically we look the same, but inwardly we are made completely new. Colossians 3:10 says, “Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.” Paul calls us to put on our new nature. That’s an interesting idea. Our new nature is a gift from Jesus Christ. He takes our old heart with its sin and shame and replaces it with a brand new heart that is filled with his presence. But that is just the beginning. Our role is to then allow Him to continue to work in our lives – the theologians call that sanctification. As we yield more and more to His Spirit, we become more and more like Jesus. What is He calling you to yield to Him today?
These have been words from the heart.