Think about holding your breath under water. You start out thinking you’ve got it under control, no problem. Then you start to feel the pressure. The air’s beginning to run out and you’re trying to just hold on a little bit longer. Finally, you burst through the water, gasping for air and breathing in the fresh start.
When we turn our lives over to God, we get a wild and free life that is far grander than the one we lived before. It may not seem that way to us at first, but now we live with hope. We live with purpose. God welcomes us into his family. This family is made up of men and women just like us, all sinners who are saved by God’s grace. All of us made new in him (2 Corinthians 5:17). A deep breath of fresh air. A clean slate. A rescued new start.
Romans 8 reminds us that living with God— living in his Spirit—means resting in life and peace (v 6). It does not mean we won’t be faced with hard days and brokenness, but we live with an enteral perspective now. We live surrendered to God, trusting that he’s working all things together for our good and his glory. What a relief. What a gift.
How does that change the way you look at what you’re faced with today? It doesn’t mean that discipling your kids isn’t hard or fighting cancer isn’t scary. But you’re made in God’s image. You’re free. You’re chosen. You’re adopted. You’re forgiven. You’re made new. You’re loved. Doesn’t it change the way you see your world?