The Pursuit


Welcome to Your New Life!

Does that sound weird? Believe it or not you are a different person. Now I
know what you’re thinking, “This guy doesn’t even know me? How can he know if
I’m different?” OK, you got me there. I don’t know you.

Please, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Ryan and I have been helping
students learn about Jesus Christ for years. If you’re reading this, it is
because you just accepted Jesus and someone has given you this guide to help you
understand the decision you made. (By the way, it was a good decision!)

Let’s talk about this new you. Why are you new? I want to show you a place in
the Bible that says so. Get your Bible and find the book of 2 Corinthians or
click the link below. It’s in the New Testament. Go to Chapter 5 verses 17-19.

2 Corinthians 5:17-19

Did you catch that? You are a new creation! The old life you lived is dead!
You are now someone who knows God. Isn’t that awesome! Now what does that mean?

First, it means there are changes coming to your life and they are going to
be good changes. Stop and think for a minute, what did you hate about your old
life? Were you angry or depressed? Were you violent? Maybe everyone took
advantage of you or you were the person no one liked? Like everyone else,
including me, you are a person with a past. God set you free from that past. In
fact, it is the old that has gone. You are new because you began a relationship
with Jesus!

Take a few minutes and re-read those verses 2 Corinthians 5:17-19.

The last part of those verses gives you something to do. See there are lots
of other people who need to know about Jesus just like you did. As you begin to
live your new life, be on the lookout for those people. As your life changes,
people will notice and you will get to tell them why and how Jesus changed your

So, what are you leaving behind in your old life? Take a few minutes to
release those things to God. Tell Him “thank you” for setting you free to live a
new life and ask Him to give you opportunities to tell other people about Jesus.

If you want to read more in 2 Corinthians, click here.