Friday March 4th • Day 3
First Four Days of Lent: “Be Transformed in Christ”
Today’s Truth that Transforms:
“Drown the Old Nature-Live the New Nature”
Scripture from Romans 6.
4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.
How are we “Transformed in Christ” and shaped to be more like Him?
Yesterday we talked about a daily rhythm of repentance and faith as a way God uses to draw us closer to Jesus and transform us into the likeness of Christ. Another practice is to picture ourselves putting to death the old nature and raising to life with the new nature. It’s actually the picture of baptism. The old nature is our sinful self and is to be drowned. Our new nature is connected to Christ and is raised to life with Him. It is the picture of forgiveness and the being transformed. So, daily, we remember that Christ died for our sins, and we too were buried with Him that our old nature would be put to death. Daily remember Christ’s victory over our sin and raising to life. Now we are connected to Him, so we too raise to life with a new nature.
How do you see this “Truth that Transforms” working in your life?
The following is an application story written by Peter Baye. After you read it, ask yourself the same question. “How do I see this ‘Truth that Transforms’ working in my life?
I’ve never been a good swimmer. In fact, when I try to float, I sink to the bottom of the water and stay there. One time, I was floating down the river with some friends. I got bored and decided to walk along the tubes in a shallow part of the river. As I walked along, eating a delicious piece of fried chicken, I stepped into a hole on the river bed and immediately went under. All my friends could see was my hand sticking out of the water, valiantly attempting to keep my fried chicken safe and dry.
As funny as it was for my friends to see a single hand gripping tightly to fried chicken bobbing above the water, underneath the water was a different story. I didn’t know if I was in a hole or if the river had gotten deeper, and remember, I’m a sinker. Fortunately, it was a small hole and I soon stepped onto the more shallow river bed.
Through Christ, my old sinful nature has been drowned in baptism and defines me no longer. Yet, like a piece of fried chicken above the water, I try to hold on to the very sin that Jesus died to forgive. I focus on worldly things rather than seek the face of my Heavenly Savior, but God assures me. He says, you are mine and you are a new creation. Let go of the chicken and live.