There is something truly life-changing when a person realizes their need for Christ. Life without Christ is empty, no matter how full it seems. One of the phrases that the Bible uses to describe our lives before Christ is an “empty way of life.” Look for that phrase in the verses below.
17 And if you address as Father the One who judges impartially based on each one’s work, you are to conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your temporary residence. 18 For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. 20 He was chosen before the foundation of the world but was revealed at the end of the times for you 21 who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
22 By obedience to the truth, having purified yourselves for sincere love of the brothers, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23 since you have been born again—not of perishable seed but of imperishable—through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For all flesh is like grass, and all its glory like a flower of the grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, 25 but the word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the word that was preached as the gospel to you. (1 Peter 1:17-25)
The life-changing and eternity-changing news is that when you come to faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, your life is not empty anymore! According to the verses above, here are seven ways that your life is filled to overflowing:
- You have a Heavenly Father (v17)
- You have a Redeemer (vv18-21)
- You have faith and hope in God (v21)
- You have the truth (v22)
- You have love for one another (v22)
- You have been born again (v23)
- You have the Word of God (vv24-25)
Take a moment to reflect on the seven statements above, referencing the verse(s) beside each statement.
- Which of the statements is most meaningful to you?
- How does the fullness of your life in Christ give meaning to your life on a daily basis?
- How will apply these truths to your life today?