Friday, May 5, 2023

A New You?


Maybe we don’t talk about it enough. That could be the reason so many Christians are surprised that their lives don’t become more pleasant or less frustrating after they receive Jesus as their Savior and Lord. There seems to be an innate belief that if things are right between God and myself, my problems are all going to go away. When just the opposite occurs, we begin to doubt either the influence of God or his importance. 

What is missing in our understanding of the Christian life is what Christ means to happen in our lives after we put our trust in him. Believing in his death and resurrection for the forgiveness of our sins and the restoring of our friendship with him is the first step and happens the moment we have faith. Step two in God’s plan for our lives takes a bit longer. In fact, it lasts until the day we leave this earth. You see, God isn’t content simply to save us. He wants so much more for us and that involves making us into the people he intends us to be – for eternity. The hard part is, there’s a lot in us that resists God’s plan to make us new. Unfortunately, the change most often happens through difficulties. 

Some wonder, “Is it worth it?” Another question might be, “Do you want to stay the way you are forever and ever?” Jesus died and rose again because he wants for you to spend eternity with him. And he loves you just as much to change you into the person who will perfectly enjoy that forever with him. The way we are at this moment, that just isn’t going to happen. 

If you are open to considering a new you, join us for one of our weekend worship services. The resurrection of Jesus isn’t only about going to heaven, it’s also very much about getting ready to go right now! 

Weekend worship service time: Saturday: 6:00 pm & Sunday: 10:00 am

Hawaii Lutheran Church (WELS)

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Honolulu, HI
Community Lutheran Church holds protestant chapel services in Honolulu, Hawaii near Pearl Harbor, HI. We are next to the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hickam Air Force Base, and Fort Shafter Hawaii. Look for us directly behind the Salt Lake, Hawaii, Target.