"Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 18:3 NRSV)

Baptism tells us that new life if possible. In Colossians 2 Paul compares baptism to dying and being resurrected. He writes in verse 12: "having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead." Raised to New Life. That is what baptism is all about. Baptism says to us that new life is possible! Some people, I am convinced, simply need that word of reassurance. They need to know that you can begin again. I am amazed at how hopeless some people can get about their lives.

Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity, was a millionaire by the age of twenty-nine. As such, he could buy his wife "everything" he thought she possibly could want. But one day he came home to a discover that she had left him.

Millard went after her. He caught up with her on a Saturday night in a hotel in New York City. They talked into the wee hours of the next morning as she poured out her heart and made him see that she wasn't interested in the things he was buying her. Her heart was empty and her spirit was burned out, she explained. She was dead inside and she wanted to live again. Kneeling at their bedside in that hotel room, Millard and Linda made a radical decision. They decided to sell everything they had and dedicate themselves to serving poor people and to working for justice for the oppressed.

Dear Jesus, may I make some radical changes for your glory. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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