Proclaim. Mobilize. Equip.
Call 866-865-6253

An Oasis for Your Soul

June 15, 2019

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

Imagine an exhausted man with an empty canteen walking through the desert. You see him, from a distance, making his way toward the oasis where you are. So you run out to him, knowing that all the water he needs is just ahead. You try to persuade him, but he tells you that he cannot stop, “I must press on in my journey,” and off he goes without water.

A lot of Christians live like this. God says, “You’re a new creation.” That’s water to a thirsty soul, but you rush past it saying, “I’m not as new as I need to be.” God says, “You’ve been set free from sin.” There’s power in that for the Christian life, but you rush past, “There are still too many sins I need to conquer.”

You are so passionate about sanctification that you rush past regeneration, and like the man in the desert, eventually you fall down in your pursuit of the Christian life—exhausted. That’s what eventually happens to every person who grasps sanctification but fails to grasp regeneration.

Regeneration is the oasis for your soul. It tells you that beside the work that Christ continues to do, there is the work that he has already done in you. That’s water to a thirsty soul!

Stop fretting about what you are not, and take in who you already are in Jesus Christ. In Christ you are a new creation. The old has gone. The new has come! Drink deeply of this water. It will help you overcome discouragement, and it will sustain you in the journey of the Christian life.

Are you doing more fretting than drinking?

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the President and Teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

Explore this topic further

When You Invite Temptation In

“Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.” Luke 22:46 Jesus is about to go to the cross. He is facing the greatest trauma of his life, and so He goes to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. But before He begins to pray,...

Read Post

If Jesus Was Walking By

They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” Luke 18:37 If Jesus was walking by, what would you do? Would you crouch down, hoping that He wouldn’t notice you? He would stop anyway. Jesus would call you over and say to you, “What do you want me to do...

Read Post

Ask for Something Bigger

“Lord, let me recover my sight.” Luke 18:41 Bartimaeus’ story shows how God opens the door of hope for broken lives. Notice the pattern—believe, ask, receive: 1) Bartimaeus believes in Jesus. 2) His faith leads him to a specific kind of asking, and 3) as a result, he receives a wonderful...

Read Post
For your gift of any amount

Faith That Lasts

New from Pastor Colin Smith

Get Unlocking the Bible's Weekly Email

"This Week at Unlocking the Bible" features new articles, radio programs, devotionals, and ministry updates

We will never sell or misuse your information.

Share Your Story and Prayer Requests

If you have a testimony or story you would like to share or if you have a prayer request, please use the form below. If you would like someone from our staff to call you, please include your phone number.

We will never sell or misuse your information.

Learn more
about special resources to help you during this time of unexpected crisis.

Get Unlocking the Bible’s Weekly Email

“This Week at Unlocking the Bible” features new articles, radio programs, devotionals, and ministry updates

We will never sell or misuse your information.