Theme:-    Divine Turn Around

Text:- Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  (Rom. 6:4)

Our Christian calling is a call to turn around for own good (1 Peter 2:9). The turnaround is not something that can be achieved on one’s strength. It is something achieved for us by God through the salvific death of his son on the cross at Calvary. By this turn around, we were redeemed and sanctified for God as vessels unto honour and not unto dishonour.

In baptism, Christians are buried with Christ in His death and at the same time raised with Him in His resurrection. When we consider our sinful life as dead and buried when we came to the saving knowledge of Christ, we have a powerful motive to resist sin. In this way, we consciously choose to treat our sinful desires and temptations of our old sinful nature as dead by not giving heed to them. As we continue to do this we will enjoy divine turn around in our lives. This becomes possible because we are now planted in Christ by faith in his death and resurrection. Sinful desires cannot hold us. We try to pattern our lives after that of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

The Christian life is one of continuous learning programme. It is a life-long learning programme.

The more we know Christ, the more we will like to be like Him. As the learning programme is life-long, we must never grow weary of learning. This then requires patience, practice, concentration and review to keep in step with our being divinely turn around. The strategy that can assist in keeping in step with our Lord and Saviour in this respect are:

(1)    Living for God daily

(2)     Imitating Christ’s attitudes in terms of forgiveness and mercies (Col. 3:12-13)

(3)    Letting charity guide your life (Col. 3:14)

(4)    Letting the peace of God rule your heart  (Col. 3:15)

(5)    Always be thankful   (Col. 3:15)

(6)    Keeping to God’s word   (Col. 3:16)

(7)    And live as Christ’s representative  (2 Cor. 5:20).

 

The Very Revd Adewale Adebiyi Ph.D

The Provost

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