Adopted: New Beginnings
On each Friday in the month of March, we will be talking about our adoption by our Heavenly Father. Each article in this series will be in our Simply Series format. You can expect a few verses, a short devotional, and a question or two at the end. The Adopted series is preparing us for our brand new, 33-day series called, Simply Living Like Royalty set to be released on March 30th.
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Adopted: New Beginnings
A New Creation
Read Colossians 3:12-17
Today, I am celebrating the death of who I was before I found Jesus. Do you ever celebrate that death? This new life that I've been given is full of promise and purpose. This new life is vastly different from my old one, simply because I'm a new creation. I'm a representative of a completely different world! A heavenly one. As a new creation, I represent my heavenly Father, who adopted me into His family.
Every now and then I think about my life before Jesus walked into it. I struggled with suicidal thoughts simply because I didn't think that I had anything worthwhile to offer to anyone. I couldn't see that I was loved or valued. I was crumbling under the weight of hopelessness and every unkind word of rejection crippled me further. To be honest and vulnerable, if it weren't for Jesus, I wouldn't be here today.
I remember the moment when the realization that God loved me and I hadn't seen it, struck me. You know how some movies and TV shows show the life flashing before a character's life? I had a similar type moment where all the terrible moments when things felt so dark and alone played before me. Only this time, those painful memories showed me where God was the whole time. Every time I cried out to Him to just save me, He was there. When I felt so alone, He was there. When I felt worthless and sought to take my own life, God prevented it.
1 John 4:19 came alive to me in that moment. God loved me long before I ever laid eyes on Him. He loved me long before I ever saw or understood what role He might play in my life. God loved me long before I ever even thought about Him, much less chose to love Him back.
In that moment of realization, I made a choice to love Him back. I made a choice to follow Him. In that moment, the new life had come. I became a brand new creation.
2 Corinthians 5:17 As a brand new creation, we have new rules, new values, new purposes, and a new family. We walk in freedom with gratitude. The old life has passed away and the new life has come. I don't know about you, but I don't want to go back to what my life was like before Jesus walked into it! I don't want to walk back into that darkness, that hopelessness, or that prison. I want to walk in the freedom that Jesus paid the price for me to have.
I'm a new creation. I'm a child of God. Each day is a brand new beginning to walk out this life that God has called me to.
- Are you taking advantage of your new beginning?