Today’s Bible reading

Romans 6:4 — Therefore, we were buried together with him through baptism into his death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too can walk in newness of life.

More thoughts for meditation

Friends of mine are avid bakers. For years they have perfected the art of making pastries, desserts and breads. Now the household is gluten free for the sake of one member who gets sick.They cleared out the old ingredients and started experimenting with new ones, changed their habits and learned new recipes. They embraced a new, gluten-free life. Taking this on doesn’t stop them from baking but they have a whole new way of thinking and operating. 

Embracing a new life in Christ doesn’t make us ‘sin-free’ but it does involve a new way of thinking and operating. We will need to clear some things out of our lives and embrace new habits. But it starts with realizing that sin is buried in death with Jesus. The main ingredient at work in us is resurrection life! The power that sin once had no longer rules – it has been put to death. 

Suggestions for action

A Lenten fast is one way to remember that who you are now is different from who you were. It is a bodily reminder that in Christ sin has died and we live a life that is not ruled by sin and death. Giving up something is a physical reminder that sin does not rule you. Your body can help you enact this truth. Another option is to add a new discipline to remind you that you are embracing a new life lived for Christ. It is not too late to try this as a way to make meaning out of this season. Leave something behind or embrace something new as a way to walk in the newness of life that is yours in Christ.