February 9: A New Week

Each Sunday is a foundation day for the week which follows. Consider how you lay your foundation. Present yourself to God to worship Him, and build your week from that starting point.

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

This short passage tells us who we are and what we are for, which is something all the world is struggling to find out. Who am I? I am spiritually united with Christ. I have forgiveness from the penalty of sin,  freedom from the power of sin, and fulfillment and purpose in this life because Christ lives in me. This life I live in the flesh, I live by faith. I have fellowship with God because Christ loved me and died for me. For me! Because of this action on His part, I can be His child. This being is not based on any action on my part; it is all His doing.

My purpose is to love Him completely, which means drawing near to Him each day, being renewed in my mind throughout the day. As a result, my life will exhibit the Spirit’s fruit. I die daily, meaning I present my body daily to God as a living sacrifice, striving to please Him with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. Jesus said that if I love Him, I will obey His commands.

I acknowledge that He is control of everything in my life, and that He will work it all for my good and His glory. Therefore, I walk through the week trusting Him and obeying Him and rejoicing in Him, letting my mind dwell on things above.

This is walking by faith. This is the Christian life. Each week we get to begin again, laying a new foundation of worship. This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it!

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