1 Peter 1:23 “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and enduring Word of God.”
I love the hope this verse gives, the hope of a new life story. We are no longer condemned to live as we are humanly born of seed that perishes. We no longer have to live the empty way of life handed down to us (1 Peter 1:18). One commentary describes the results of being born again as having “one’s mind changed so that he lives a new life and one conformed to the will of God.” Once we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, He opens our minds and hearts to His Word, we are given new life and the ending to our life story is rewritten. It’s the happiest ending ever written because this new ending becomes our new beginning. We go from judgement, condemnation and death to righteousness, glorification and eternal life. We go from rags to riches, “…the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). God knew your life story before the beginning of time. “For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight” (Ephesians 1:4). But after the fall of man in Genesis chapter 3, God’s truth for our life story was lost, not to Him, but to us. Have you asked Him to help you find His story for you? Have you planted the imperishable seed of the Word of God in your life so that through it you have a new life story?
Once we receive this new beginning, we start the process of rewriting and editing the rest of our life. Rewriting is done to improve a manuscript often because something isn’t working in the story. Author, Ken Follett, is quoted as saying, “The rewrite is very satisfying because I feel that everything I do is making the book a little better.” Is there something that’s not working in your story? Each time we learn a truth from God’s Word and apply it to our life, our story improves. Are you rewriting according to God’s Word so that your life story is becoming a little better each day? Is your life changed because you are writing His Word on the tablet of your heart (Proverbs 7:3)?
We are given the Holy Spirit to help us in this editing process. When we start to write something in our lives that doesn’t agree with God’s Word and Truth, the Holy Spirit inspires us to make a different choice like a word processing program that prompts you when you misspell a word. As the perfect Editor, the Holy Spirit guides us into all truth (John 16:13). He is the Spirit of truth (John 14:17). So whenever we are not writing truth into our life story, the Holy Spirit will help us correct it. I was taught in a script writing class, to edit out any scenes that didn’t move the story forward. In Hebrew 12:1-2, we are told to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles” and then to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” In other words, edit out everything that doesn’t move our life story towards truth, holiness and glorifying God, and replace it with Jesus who is truth and shows us through His Word how to live a new life. Will you ask the Holy Spirit to help you do this?
What in your life story needs to be edited by God’s Word and Truth?
With whom do you need to share God’s Word so that they too will receive the gift of a rewritten story?