Anybody Need a Fresh Start?
"Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we've been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven." (1 Peter 1:3-4 MSG)
Once I typed the phrase "fresh start" into Google, and it brought up 485,000 links! Evidently, a lot of people would like to have a fresh start in life. They think, "I've blown it, I've messed up, I've really made a mess of things in my life. I'd like a fresh start."
Jesus is in the business of giving people a fresh start. The apostle Peter says, "Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we've been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven" (1 Peter 1:3-4 MSG).
Several things happen once you give your life to Christ:
- You open up your life to God and get to know him.
- You're given a brand new life, which gives you everything to live for.
- You get a future in Heaven.
You can say it this way: You get your past forgiven, a purpose for livin', and a home in Heaven. What a deal! Your past, present, and future are taken care of as you put your trust in Jesus.
"Everything that we have - right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start - comes from God by way of Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 1:30).
Talk It Over
- How does your life differ from what it was like before you became a Christian?
- What should a fresh start with Jesus look like in your life?
- Who in your life needs to hear the Good News that Jesus gives a fresh start? How can you reach out to that person?