Daily Dose, Feb. 27 — New Birth

…So that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son. (Colossians 1:10-13)

Over the years, I’ve enjoyed reading and watching stories of adventurers. For years, I was a faithful subscriber to “Outside” magazine and loved the glimpse that it gave me into exciting ordeals and challenges that I doubted I’d ever actually experience myself. While most of the articles were about successful climbs, ski runs, river escapades, and epic camping spots, some stories revealed deeper things. Some stories told of unsuccessful attempts and what came next. Some people needed to be rescued. Many people said things like, “I should have died up there that day.” When asked if they’ll ever return to the location, some say “Maybe…but if I ever do, I’ll be different.”

Reading those stories, it was clear that being rescued made a dramatic impact on a person’s life. The people with those stories always seemed to be more aware of their own mortality, their own shortcomings, their own mistakes, and they always seemed more humble and grateful when it came to the rescuers. Being rescued had changed them in a very real way, and the change would stay with them for the rest of their lives.

When we have new life in Christ, we look to him as our rescuer. Through his life, death and resurrection, he has come out of heaven all the way to find us. We recognize our own shortcomings and our own mistakes -- our sin. We freely offer our thanks for his willingness to come to where we are to rescue us. When we’ve been rescued, our lives look different. When we are born again, we may find ourselves in the same relationships and situations…but we realize we’ll be different. -- Rev. Brad Greene