Monday, February 28

March 2005 Newsletter Article

The Restart Button
By Aaron Earlywine

On Sunday mornings our youth have been going through a book of the Bible chapter by chapter. Recently we have been going through the book of Colossians. One of the biggest problems the church faced early in it’s existence was combining the philosophies of the world with the truth of Jesus. This problem generally caused Christians to adopt a more deeds based religion. In other words, they attempted to earn their way into heaven.

Paul combats these ideas with the foundation of all truth, Jesus. “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” (Colossians 1:15-20)

If Jesus is all that, then that is all you need. It’s not rocket science, you don’t have to do more good deeds than bad, all you need is Jesus. He is enough. Being a Christian is not about doing right things. Jesus never asks us to get our act together before we come to him. He knows we are screwed up and he wants us anyway.

In fact, he loves us so much he installed within all of our lives a little unseen button. A reset button. I have never seen this button but I use it every day because with Jesus, every day is new, “since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of the Creator.” (Col. 3:9b-10)

As you get to know this person of Christ, you will begin to see the awesome plans he has for you. He will give you chance after chance. He only wants one thing from you. He wants you to be real and appreciate his grace. He just wants you to get to know him and live like he would.

Everyday is new with Jesus. All the mistakes you made yesterday, forget about it, literally. Jesus is concerned about now, not then. He cares about what you are doing, not what you did. He is not like us. He doesn’t hold grudges. He has given us this reset button. Use it! Don’t live in the past, make today new. Shoot for the stars, because if you miss, you’ll have another shot at it tomorrow!

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