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Miraculous Life

“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:3-4, ESV)

If given the choice, I can’t think of anyone who would refuse an opportunity to see God do a miracle. I’ve even had a season or two in my life where I allowed that desire to develop in some unhealthy ways. I have in the past slipped into thinking to myself, “If we’re not seeing miracles like they did in Acts, then we must be doing something wrong. After all, Jesus said we would do greater things than He did.” It’s tempting logic.

The thing I often forget is that there is no greater miracle than a transformed life. None. Not bringing someone back from the dead. Not growing a severed limb. Not casting out demons. Not healing cancer. Nothing compares to the miracle of new life. We understand this in the natural as every time a baby is born we are flabbergasted by the miracle of new physical life—how it grows in the womb from one tiny cell to a full-grown baby ready to be born. Why does rebirth amaze us any less?

Maybe it’s the often invisible nature of new life. It’s not always flashy like growing a limb or something, but it’s always miraculous. I know how hard it is for people to change; I just need to look in the mirror to remember that truth. The good news is our Savior enables us to bury in Him the old life we lived so that we can walk in newness of life in His footsteps. In the end, there is no more dramatic change than that.

The last two days have been a wonderful reminder of this for me. Yesterday we had a big celebration service during which two brand new believers testified to the change God had brought about in their lives. One of them was baptized just four weeks ago. Today the other one was baptized. Scripture says that in that act they have buried their old lives, never to be disturbed again, and set out on the first few steps of a new walk, a new way of living empowered by Christ alive within. So much cooler than a physical miracle that may or may not bring about genuine transformation.

All of us who name Christ are walking miracles. By God’s grace in this work of missions we will all get to see many more transformations that defy all logic and explanation apart from the miraculous and mighty working of the love of God.

Warmly in Christ,

Fred Swartz

For Reflection

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV)

  1. What is the most miraculous change God has accomplished in you?

  2. How has He shown His glory in the lives of those you’ve shared the gospel with?

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