Week Seven - Day Five
Consider the Transformation of Others
2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Ephesians 2:1-10 - And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience-among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved-and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
As a Christian, you are no longer the person you once were. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that you are a new creation. This transformation is through the grace of God who sent Jesus Christ to die and rise again, so you can live a new life. Your life has purpose beyond what you knew before you became a disciple of Jesus. But, what does this new life entail?
We started this week learning about surrendering our life to Jesus and picking up our cross daily for him. Ephesians 2:10 begins to explain this is more detail; it tells us God has good works for us to do. What are the “new life” works? Living the new life is really being re-made into the creation we were originally intended to be. Ephesians 4:24 says, “put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” The “likeness of God” is the same idea as found in Genesis 1 when God says, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”
Paul, in his writings to the church at Ephesus, describes di erent gifts we’re given to accomplish this together as a church body. He describes how imaging God plays out in the context of marriage, parenting, work, etc. His writing points to the fact that true disciples of Jesus produce more disciples of Jesus. The new life, the true life we are intended to have, is responding to others in every situation out of grateful- ness for what Christ has done for us.
- How can you use what you have learned this week to disciple or encourage another person in Christ?
- How can you help someone who doesn't know Christ see the beauty of what Jesus does in a person's life?