Pastor Linda Settles
A New Life
“ For through the law I died to the law,
so that I might live to God.
I have been crucified with Christ;
and it is no longer I who live,
but it is Christ who lives in me.”
Many times we ask people “How are you doing?” Perhaps the real question should be “How are you living?” There are tons of tv shows that depict people who are supposedly living the good life. I remember watching a soap opera titled: One Life to Live. And when you think about, we do have this one life to live on earth. So let me ask you: How are you living?
The apostle Paul wrote Galatians 2 to address life lived under the law vs a new life lived in Christ. Paul was no stranger to a transformed life. After his Damascus Road experience with Christ, he went from being an accomplice to killing Christians, to being an ambassador for the Lord. A new life!
But what does that new life in Christ look like? I’m glad you asked! It’s a life in the shape of the cross. A life that looks up to God (vertical relationship) and reaches out to others (horizontal relationship). A crucified life that has died to the flesh and lives for Christ because it is no longer your life, but Christ who is living in you. The cruciform life that loves God and serves the stranger. A life that is shaped by the cross into a life of the cross! A new life – glory to God!
Worship with us online this Sunday at 10:00am, at www.umcgt.org, as we continue our Righteous Resolutions series with the message: A New Life.
And join me this Monday at 8am, and every Monday, for 15 minutes of prayer and devotion on our prayer line, where you can call in and listen, or give a prayer request if you like. The phone number is: (727) 731-7163. Call in on Monday, and be a part of this time of Scripture, prayer, and hope. This is also a great way for those without internet to stay connected with the church and hear the voices of friends, so please spread the word to our senior saints, and to those who may live alone.