The difficulty in starting over in restoring broken relationships or recovering from addictions is power. The cliche, just do it, sounds good but denies the truth that we humans often find ourselves powerless to accomplish what we believe is best for ourselves.
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” (Romans 1:16) In Romans 10:9 he explained, “”If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.””
God doesn’t just forgive us, when we believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus on our behalf, he gives us the same power that raised Christ back to life – the power that saves, the power to change, the power to make new. As I reflect on that good news this morning, I rejoice that Christ Followers are blessed with glorious hope for the here and now, as well as, the certainty of a home in heaven.