Common Sense REBORN Devotional

 December 14

And now we begin to see what it is that the New Testament is always talking about.  It talks about Christians ‘being born again’; it talks about them ‘putting on Christ’; about Christ ‘being formed in us’; about our coming to ‘have the mind of Christ’.

Put right out of your head the idea that these are only fancy ways of saying that Christians are to read what Christ said and try to carry it out-as a man may read what Plato or Marx said and try to carry it out.  They mean something much more than that.  They mean that a real Person, Christ, here and now, in that very room where you are saying your prayers, is doing things to you…Finally, if all goes well, turning you permanently into a different sort of thing; into a new little Christ, a being which, in its own small way, has the same kind of life as God; which shares in His power, joy, knowledge and eternity.  (C.S. Lewis, “Mere Christianity” pg 191-192)

Greetings family.  I am nearing the end of my reading for C.S. Lewis’ “Mere Christianity”.  It has taken me the entirety of these last three months to get through this short, yet wonderful, work.  Some of it is a bit too long-winded, but there have been numerous gems I have shared with you, like the words above, where Mr. Lewis masterfully describes how Jesus steps into your life and slowly begins to mold you into a new being, a new person, born again to live a ‘Christ-like’ life:  loving all people, forgiving others for their short-comings and mistakes, and seeking to make the world a better place, all while glorifying the Creator of Life.  It may seem like a daunting task, to live a life-like Christ, especially in this world when so many live for themselves, for worldly distractions, and denounce the existence of God and His Son.  But, do not be weary, good, faithful servant, because Jesus is with you every step of the way, every trying time, every moment of despair.  Jesus is with you.  And if He is with you, who can stand against you?

I have been working a lot lately, and the only good it brings me (other than financial stability) is that I have more time in my vehicle to continue to listen to the amazing sermons of Pastor Steven Furtick.  Click the image below to hear another amazing word, perfect for the holiday season.

We have had Lindsey Stirling’s Christmas album, “Snow Waltz” on repeat since discovering it last week.  It is my current favorite Christmas work.  She is truly an incredibly, talented musician, and super fun as well.  Check out the music video below for the title track, Snow Waltz.  I hope she does at least one more music video for these amazing new pieces of art, most specifically her new take on “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen“.

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