Scripture for Today: Titus 3:5 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit.”
They really do look like cucumbers! And in Asia, some species are farmed and enjoyed as a delicacy. But what is really amazing about these funny ocean creatures is their ability to regenerate their own organs! When in a tight spot they will mutilate their own bodies as a defense mechanism. They will violently contract their muscles and jettison out of their anus some of their internal organs! Fortunately, the missing body parts are quickly regenerated!
Today’s verse talks about the washing of regeneration. Being in Christ makes us a “new creature” (II Cor. 5:17) The old has passed away and is replaced by the new! It is due to the cleansing work of the Holy Spirit. It is all His work in us and has nothing to do with our own good works. He saw our predicament, desperately needing to be saved from the judgement our sins warranted. Rather than giving us what we rightly deserve, the Lord acted out of His infinite mercy. He changes the heart and makes us new.
Self help and good intentions will not make me new. Strong resolve or publicly-made resolutions will not change my heart. I may succeed in changing my behavior for a time but I am still the same inside. On my own, real heart change is not possible and I only end up frustrated. I need His power to work in me. His supernatural regeneration is the only way I can truly be made new.
I am tired of the old me. Thank you Lord, for making me new!
April 24, 2017 at 9:04 am
Thanks Jan. It is hard to stay focused on Jesus and the real power… His grace. We (I included) want to “Just do it” ourselves and then realize it doesn’t last.