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Green Pastures and Still Waters

We had a dog once, a Cocker Spaniel named Sassy.  Yes, she was.  She loved to go for walks.  She knew those words, “Sassy, wanna go for a walk?”  She went crazy.  She never refused the opportunity to go for a walk.  As followers of Jesus, we’re on a walk in this life, and we have a lot of choices along the path.  There are many distractions, there are many temptations, there are many disappointments, hurts and struggles.  Sometimes we get off the path.  Sometimes we lose our way.  Sometimes we get attacked.  But God is with us and He has given us signposts.  He has provided His Spirit, His Word and His people so we don’t have to walk alone.  When we get off the path, there is always a way back.  Lord willing, on Sunday, we’ll be studying Ephesians 5.  The word “walk” is used three times and forms an outline for the first 21 verses.  Whether you join us on-line or in-person, I hope you will read the passage ahead of time and become familiar with the language of the chapter.  It is a very practical section on our manner of life as dearly loved children of the Heavenly Father.  Wanna go for a walk?

I went to the Chiropractor this past week and the first thing the doctor asked me was, “What’s new?”  Sometimes, I don’t know how to answer that question.  I’m the kind of person who thinks of good answers about two hours later.  I wish I would have said, “Me.” I may be looking older but I am newer than I appear.  I’m not new in the sense of time, I’m getting older.  But in identity and position, I am new.  I am new as compared to what I was before I became a Christian.  The old Mark was in Adam, under sin, under the law, corrupt and being corrupted.  However, as a believer; I am in Christ, a recipient of His righteousness, being made perfect, with the capacity to know God and walk in His ways.  If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature!  Being new requires living new.  That’s the point of Ephesians 4-6.  Since we are the recipients of all spiritual blessings, we should live like it.  But, if Christ has made me new, why doesn’t He just make me new?!  Why do I have to be a participant in the sanctification process?  Well, the easy answer is, I don’t know.  The simple answer is, that I am more than a project to God.  I am His child and part of what we are doing together to build this relationship of ours is the process of sanctification.  In other words, in the process of taking on our holiness, we are growing in relational capital.  I am joining Him in what He wants to accomplish in me.  There’s a lot to make new so we have plenty to do together.  I hope the newness never wears off.