When Jesus redeems your life, it is changed forever. Now understand something about that truth that I haven’t always known: a life redeemed by God doesn’t necessarily mean that all your external circumstances change, but because the risen Christ is present with you and in you, your life is full of purpose and hope.
Yes, I used to think that when you love and follow Christ, he would change those life circumstances that are painful or clear your path of potential potholes. I believe now that the truth is far greater: rather than get us or keep us out of trouble, Jesus lives in us through any troubles we encounter.
Consider that, after the death and resurrection of Christ, Pilate was still in power, Herod still ruled, and the Roman soldiers still rode their horses through the streets of Jerusalem. Nothing had changed in the world of politics—but, in a very real way, everything had changed. After all, sin had been crucified and death had been defeated.
Likewise, your world probably didn’t turn right-side up when you accepted Jesus as your Savior and Lord. When we look only at external circumstances, we are in danger of missing the whole point of the miracle and gift we have been given. Yet, when you know that the God who holds the universe in place, and who knows all that is true about you, loves you enough to die for you, how could your life ever be meaningless again?
What contributes to those moments when life seems meaningless? Be sure to manage those contributing factors that you can control (time with the Lord, sleep, exercise, diet, balance, busyness, etc.), so that you aren’t an easy target for the enemy’s lies.
In what ways was everything about your world different once you accepted Jesus as your Savior and Lord?
God of wonders, it is a wonder that you chose me to be your child. Thank you for that amazing grace and for the purpose and meaning with which you and your love fill my life. May I live in a way that honors and glorifies you—and makes others notice and want to know you too.
“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you, But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?” — Micah 6:8