Jesus’ death and resurrection did more than secure the eternal destination of those who believe in him. It paved the way for believers to live a better life here on Earth.
I’ve been a follower of Christ for many years, but I still struggle to find the abundant life he promised (John 10:10). I’m selfish, judgmental and impatient. My relationships suffer because I work too hard to gain control. I’ve tried to change my behaviors, but I eventually return to the same old patterns. Sometimes I wonder if God’s promise of a more joyful life was meant for everyone else.
But then I read the Apostle Paul’s words in Romans 7:18b: “For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” So if even Paul struggled to live fully as a Christian, how is this abundant life accomplished?
I read on and found the answer: Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:25) After he ascended to Heaven, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be our guide and comforter (John 14:26). This Spirit that lives in all believers is the same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 8:11). That’s a whole lot of power!
My own power is inadequate to make the changes I want to see in my life. But the amazing power of the Spirit in me can transform me into someone who looks and acts more like Christ. As a result, I can live the abundant life he promised.
Lord, there are some things in my life I wish I could change. Help me let go and give me peace as I yield to your Holy Spirit's work in my life. In Jesus' name, amen.
Throughout the Day: Instead of just focusing on the behavior you'd like to change, ask the Holy Spirit to show you a specific attitude that needs changing. Invite God to change that part of your heart.
Additional Resource: Consider reading our great article on How to Access God's Power.
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