2 Corinthians 5:14-18(NIV)
14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
This past Friday was Earth Day and leaders and heads of state gathered together and signed the UN Climate Change Treaty. These leaders want to see change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. I recall summits and meetings in the past about climate change and you would see some minor incremental changes, but then a pullback due to pressures from large industry groups. Major industry will cite that they are not competitive compared to other countries which have not agreed and signed to commit to change. This results in very little change because of the lack of unity.
The power of the Cross will result in real change. Some areas in your life may improve incrementally, but when we are baptized, there is a remarkable change that takes place. The Holy Spirit works powerfully as we are transformed and we become a new creation. There is no need for a summit to discuss what areas we need to change in our lives. God makes it clear to us in the areas of our lives that we need to change if we are humble and want to make the commitment to change. We are not alone in making the change as well. We can seek counsel with others and pray for wisdom so that we can make meaningful change in our lives. God gives us the ability to change for the long-term.