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Daily Devotionals

Day 30 – Issue 17

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Be Still Know

Romans 6:3 NLT

‘Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death?’

I’ve spoken often about the extent to which I have lived my life through my head. Quite frankly, I’m tired of doing so. Yes, I can think and reflect on innumerable aspects of any situation or concept and yes, this has many rewards. Yet, I wonder the extent to which I have robbed myself of experience. Only as life progressed, through my training as a mediator, did I discover my feelings. Further investigation led me to realise I was a kinaesthetic learner, rather than the auditory learning I’d assumed was my preference.

In thinking I had found myself, I recognise that I only invented a self to match the facts that made up the context for my life. I well remember the firm advice of Dr George Ramsey, a fine tutor of mine, who worked me out early on and told me that I needed to invest in ‘Boots, Jazz, boots, not books for you. This is how you will make your way’. If only I’d had sufficient courage and confidence to follow his leading.

Similarly, as I entered upon my Christian life through baptism, I’d have benefited from those same words. The Christian faith is not simply to be understood, it’s to be lived. What’s more, not as I might choose to live it, but exactly as Christ lived it. In the waters of baptism, I die and rise from the waters a new person, one with the capacity to embrace the way of Christ and walk in his footsteps.

I have proved a slow learner. Now, with many years on the clock I have discovered so much more freedom to live as Jesus invited me to from the moment of my baptism. I now invest the majority of my life in experiencing God’s grace and love. I still my mind, I sit at Jesus’ feet and I enjoy the fullness of life that I received from baptism, yet perhaps am only now beginning richly to enjoy.

QUESTION: Reflect upon your baptism. Have you been timid in exploring the scale of this new life?

PRAYER: Lord, it is no longer I that live but Christ who lives in me. 

Written by: Matt Weet

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