Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! – 2 Corinthians 5:17
This week I had been wondering about the best way to kick off this new month, especially in terms of the devotional focus that is central to this blog. Then I was asked to record a short video message for a Disciples of Christ preacher friend in Virginia Beach.
The preacher – Rev. Greg Ott – is preaching a sermon series based on my book, “10 Life-charged Words” (Upper Room Books) We have been friends for some time so he asked me to introduce the book in a short video. I said, “sure thing,” and the moment I started talking I realized I was addressing the question: “What difference does Easter make in the life of a Christian?”
Here’s the three-minute video, if you’re interested:
You see, Easter opened the door for each one of us to live into the kind of new life Jesus was talking about when he said, “I am the resurrection and the life!” (John 11). It’s what Paul referenced when he wrote, “If anyone is in Christ there is a new creation!”
My book outlines what that new “charge” of life looks like. Where do we focus our attention in order to live in such a way that life – real life – is not just an idea but a day-to-day reality?
Live like you mean it!
This probably should be where I’m supposed to tell you to rush out and buy my book. But I’m not going to do that!
Obviously it’s a good thing for me when people believe in my work enough to purchase a book, but what is more important is seeing people make a commitment to new life in Jesus. So what I’m going to do is this: I am going to write a fresh new take on each of the 10 Life-Charged Words, and share them as blog posts, running concurrently with pastor Ott’s sermon series.
The fact remains that Jesus is God’s invitation for us to live, to truly live in a way that honors the intention of our creation. That’s my key phrase here, that we live in a way that honors the intention of our creation!
“Live like you mean it!” remains one of the most foundational ideas in my arsenal of “Important things Derek likes to talk about.” This series of posts (in this blog) and sermons (at Chalice Christian Church, by my friend, Greg Ott) is all about living like we mean it, because God certainly meant something significant and amazing when we were created.
In love, and because of love – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.