On March 23, 2015, it was back reality. It was back to office hours, sticking to schedules, and a new tighter budget at home. It was back to showing up on time to meetings, paying bills, and fixing clogged sinks. I had somehow survived being the third guy in eight months to marry one of Bill Wulf’s daughters and what an amazing day it was! The weather was beautiful, people in the street dressed as Star Wars characters crashed the dance floor, and the cupcakes… oh the cupcakes!!! And then it was over, and so was the honeymoon, and it was back to reality. But here’s the thing: I discovered my reality with my wife is now better than without her. I didn’t go back to reality; I was given a new reality.
When we make huge changes in our life, it’s easy to feel the excitement and let adrenaline carry us through it. Whether it’s getting married, taking a new job, or moving to a new city, eventually that excitement fades and we’re back to reality.
I think this is even more evident with our relationship with God. Maybe it’s accepting Christ for the first time or getting baptized, it happens and immediately our lives are so amazing! But then reality hits. We still have to face life, temptations seem even stronger, and people stop congratulating us for getting baptized. It starts with an incredible high that eventually wears off.
Here’s what the Bible says about this change: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old is gone, and the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17. We cannot let ourselves fall into the trap of believing we are still who we were before Christ entered our lives. If you’ve recently made a decision in your relationship with God, you’ve been transformed. To help keep the new mindset of our reality, we must place our identity in Christ. Ephesians 2:10 says this: “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago. “
Just like my reality has improved forever because of my marriage, your reality has improved forever because of the big decision you’ve made to follow Christ. Don’t let the world try and tell you you’re anything less than God’s masterpiece. When you begin a relationship with Jesus, you’re given a new reality.