We Are Christians
“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
In 1773, the future President of the United States, George Washington, dealt with immense sorrow following the death of his step-daughter Patsy Custus. According to biographer Ron Chernow, Patsy’s brother Jacky wrote a heartfelt letter to his mother that can be summed up in a 5-word quote. “Remember you are a Christian.” These words ring throughout his condolence letter to provide comfort to his grieving mother.
It reminds me of so many passages of Scripture. In 1 Thessalonians, we are told we do not grieve as those without hope. Why? We are Christians, believers, and Disciples of Christ who conquered the grave. Jesus tells us in Matthew 6 to take one day at a time. Why? We are Christians, and we have placed our hope and faith in Christ who cares for us. 1 Peter reminds us to cast ALL our anxiety on God. Why? We are Christians, and God cares for us. We are Christians, and anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. The old is gone, and the new is here.
Especially as Phase 1 is continuing and Phase 2 is right around the corner, there is so much to be anxious about. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t guard ourselves and take this virus and its implications seriously. However, I do want to remind you that we are Christians. We have hope! We have a Savior who cares! We have a God who has said “Give me your worries! I can take it!” This devotion is simply your friendly reminder that we are Christians. Those three words are more powerful than we think!
Pray: God, thank You for loving me. Help me to let go of the things that are worrying me and cast all my cares on You. Even as I take the precautions you have laid on the hearts of our leaders, remind me that I am a Christian and you care about my worries.
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