If you’re anything like me, then the holidays are definitely over for you. All the rest that built up over Christmas and New Year’s dissipated in a day. Yesterday it was back to work, back to the routine, back to the grind. Today the schedule is screaming at you, you’re operating on less sleep than you should, and you feel as if you’re in danger of stumbling through the rest of the week.
Before you walk out of your door, remember this: if you are a follower of Jesus, then you have the Holy Spirit living inside of you. He changes everything! “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
- You’re walking out of your house today with power. The same power that created the universe. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead. The same power that created new life in you. That power, in you. You’re not defeated, you’re by very definition victorious.
- You’re walking out of your house today with love. The same love that sent Jesus to the cross for you. The same love that has forgiven your transgressions and sins. The same love that compels you to spread this good news to the world. The God who is love, living inside of you. You’re not starved for affection, under appreciated or neglected. You are by very definition overflowing with love.
- And you’re walking out of your house today with self-discipline. The self-discipline to resist temptation and life a life that pleases God today. The self-discipline to not just endure the next eight hours at work or school but to own it. The self-discipline to be the person you know God created you to be. You’re not a slacker. You’re not lazy. You have the self-discipline of the God of the Heavens living inside of you.
“The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4