DayBreaks for 02/07/13 – Reflections on the New Life
NOTE: Galen is out of the country this week. From the DayBreaks archive, 2002:
Saturated fat. Unsaturated fat. Mono-unsaturated fat. Poly-unsaturated fat. Total fat. Cholesterol. LDL cholesterol. HDL cholesterol. Triglicerides. Low fat. Fat free. Yikes! These are things that I never really had to pay too much attention to until recently. Even though heart problems have run in our family for several generations, it appeared that it had “skipped” a generation with me because I’d never had problems and my blood chemistry gave no indication of any problems. But alas, appearances can be deceiving! So now, here I am, trying to figure out how to live a new life in several different ways, one of the most important being in how I eat and what I eat.
I’ve never really been on a diet before. I’m not overweight and have never been too much overweight. In fact, I weigh the same now at 49 years of age as I did when I graduated from high school. So diets are foreign creatures to me. But now I find myself reading every label before I eat something to figure out whether or not it will be good or bad for me to eat – or even just okay to eat.
This is a new lifestyle for me, but I’ve found that it hasn’t been as hard of a change as I might have contemplated. This surprised me quite a bit until I really thought about it. Why? Because after having discovered the extent of the heart problems I inherited, I now realize that what and how I eat could be a matter of life and death.
As I contemplated why it has been relatively easy for me to adjust my eating habits, I began to think about what it means to begin a new life. For some reason, while it’s been fairly easy for me to change the aspects of my physical life and eating habits, it is much harder to change the spiritual side of my life. As I contemplated the reason that this might be the case, it came to me that the explanation was probably pretty simple: it is easier to understand and believe that what I eat is a matter of life and death than to realize that sin is a matter of life and death, too. Sin operates in the spiritual world, and while we can see the results and earthly consequences of sin, we can’t actually see the souls of the lost in the flames of hell and we can’t see the direct link between the day-by-day practice of sin in their lives (and ours) and their eternal destination. But God is clear with us and pulls no punches: “The wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23) and 1 Peter 4:18 – “And, ‘If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?’”
When it comes to changing our spiritual life habits, it is hard and we give ourselves all kinds of excuses for our failures. But the reality is, if we realize what is at stake and how serious it is, we will change. While we don’t have the promise that the Spirit will help us change what we eat, we do have the promise that we have the Spirit to enable us to live the new life victoriously. But the question remains: do we realize and truly believe that sin is a life and death matter?
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.”
Copyright 2002 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>
PRAYER: Our old life was death…let us live in the newness of Your life! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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