If you are a Christian, can you remember the reason why you came to Christ to receive His salvation? I believe everyone has their own unique experience; no matter if it is because of hardships, sorrow, or period of feeling lost in life that you get to know God; or you experienced God’s grace, peace, or healing that you started following God. It could also be you got to know Christ through your family, friends, school, or work. There isn’t a better experience or a more blessed experience. God has put these experiences into our lives as distinct stories, and our salvation stories started the moment we accepted Christ as our saviour.
Paul has written in the scripture “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”. As we repent our sin and let God become the Lord of our lives, we are in Christ. Through Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection on the cross, we are made new and are able to return to God’s promises. God’s promises are He will be with us forever, His love will never leave us, and that we are able to build a relationship with Him – to begin experiencing our own salvation story in Him. And yes, the moment we accepted Christ, it was only the beginning of the story, as when we accept Christ, it means that we are saying to God, “I will follow you with my whole life”, rather than “I will follow you this moment”. Therefore, every day we are “in Christ”, every day we are made new. We are to let God be the Lord of our everyday lives, experience His renewal and His grace every day, and as we experience our own salvation story in Him, we will experience freedom in Him.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”, Christ came down to the earth, was sacrificed on the cross so that we are able to reconcile with God, which means we can also be set free from our wrongdoing, not be condemned by sin, and gain freedom. From the day we chose to believe and follow Christ, we have been living everyday by the grace of God which gives us the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, our sins were not only forgiven on the day we accepted Christ, but every day we are to come before Christ and be renewed. The sacrificial love of Christ does not lead us to become a perfect sinless man but to be able to, through Him, set free from our pass, “the old” self. Perhaps we have all been ashamed or regretted about our bad habits, actions, attitudes, or thoughts, whether they are towards God, ourselves, or others, we cannot forgive ourselves and do not know how to face them. However, the Father who loves us gave us his beloved son in order to reconcile with us, to gain freedom from sin, instead of wanting us to live in guilt.
Moreover, this redemptive love also brings us unending hope. When we are hurt in tears, we can lean on to this real hope so that we will not give up; when we are worried about tomorrow, we have great hope in God’s help; when we face challenges, we have hope in God knowing that He will provide a way out. Our greatest hope in Christ is everlasting, as He will forever be with those who are saved by His grace.
Therefore, as we return back to God, repent sincerely, God will set you free from your guilts. God will grant you the confidence and wisdom to face them, and through His strength and His power, we can be changed, and we can be healed. Only if we can let go of our past and our old selves, then we are able to have more strength and more space to follow God, for God use us, and to be compelled by Christ’s love more.
From the love of Jesus Christ, may we be redeemed and saved, moreover, be set free from sin everyday continuously.
- Are you captivated or restricted by your old self?
- Do you have any guilt or burdens that you can put into God’s hands today, let Him guide you and be freed from them?
- Through your everyday prayers, remind yourself that you are living a blessed and a redeemed life every single day.
Response to God
Let us continue to understand more about the meaning of Christ’s salvation in our lives, so that we can live out a reborn life.
Christ Jesus who loves us, we thank you wholeheartedly, because of your sacrifice on the cross, we are able to gain the real freedom. Guide us know you more, experience you more, so that we can be renewed, to be a new man that is more like Christ and be set free from our old selves. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.