Did you think that your life would go the way that it has?

I think most of us, myself included, may have thought that Jesus would change our lives. I think we thought that meeting Jesus and declaring Him Lord of all, even our lives, would have the effect of changing everything. We didn’t know what that change would mean, but we just thought it would be pretty big, pretty dramatic, pretty noticeable. And for some of us, that probably was the case. Everything changed. But for most Christians, I think about two to three months later, we got a big dose of reality, we noticed all the others around us seemed to live pretty normal lives, and so we found ourselves not expecting too much anymore.

What does Jesus say about all this?

In the book of Genesis God creates. He creates for six days, then rests. On the sixth day God creates human beings. He then gives them instructions; “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, subdue it…”

God’s first creation ushered in life, culture, relationships, reproduction, even eating, sleeping, everything.

In the 28th chapter of Matthew, Jesus does something very similar. After dying and rising from the dead, here’s what happens:

…Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

The command of Jesus mirrors that of God in Genesis 1. It is, in essence, the new cultural mandate that Jesus gives with all authority. God commanded the man and the woman in Genesis 1 with divine authority, and Jesus here does the same.

It is a new creation, as Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5. All the old things have passed away. The new is come.

Has the new  come in your life? Does your life in Christ reflect the kind of foundational re-creation that Jesus intended? Are you being fruitful in His name? Are you multiplying for His glory? Does it seem truly like you, to your very core, have been made new, revived, re-created?

Jesus came that we might have life, and have it to the fullest (John 10:10). Is your life full? What is it full of? Is it full of the Spirit of God? Is it full of stuff? Is it full of old things? Are you continually emptying yourself to be refilled by the Holy Spirit?

Before your decide to have your next meal, ask God to begin to open your eyes in a new way to the “new” that is come. To the “fullest” that He intends. To the newness that can only be found in Him.

Come Lord Jesus.

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