New Beginnings & Second Chances
“In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:11-12
First of all, I just want to say how amazingly wonderful scripture, the written word of God, really is. It is truly extraordinary to have at our fingertips a virtual instruction manual for every individual and unique topic that could surface in our lives. While writing these brief messages it is such a privilege to have the ability to consult the word on any topic that God has set before me. These passages are wonderful tools for all of us to use and learn from in order to not only abide by His will but also to draw closer with a deeper understanding of our Savior.
Generally speaking, we all enjoy the thought or feeling of being chosen. It means we are accepted, recognized or approved for who and what we really are. It creates feelings in us that can be very special. Generally, we all want to be a part of something bigger and be a valued component of something greater than what we could do on our own.
As I speak broadly about new beginnings or second chances this would, of course, be the ultimate one. God our Father has not only predestined that he did choose us but also that it is all according to his perfect plan and laid out in his will. We hope in the Lord and thus are given this amazing choice of following him in salvation and granted this wonderful second chance for a life free of sin, pain, and bondage in fear.
When we delve a little deeper into this thought of a new beginning or a second chance we are often met with resistance. This resistance comes not only from the world around us but also very within our very own self (yes I’m talking about our flesh again). Both of these will tell us all the usual lies such as we don’t deserve a second chance, what we’ve done cannot be forgiven or we just need to leave things alone and remain in the past. All of these are of course lies that are meant to keep us from having the personal relationship with the Lord we were meant to and realizing these new beginnings and second chances.
Speaking just on the side of circumstances that bind us in the past I can say that daily we are given the opportunity to change and start this new beginning. I myself several times in the previous weeks have chosen to move past things that have caused me pain for some time, to forgive and to live out this chance I have in the Lord daily to move forward in Him. When I say if I can do it we all can I truly mean that.
To achieve victory and set out on this path we must break free of the mindset that our circumstances try to place on us. We all have to strive to take hold of the new beginning and truly fulfill our life in Christ.