“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV
You are a new creation in Christ.
This statement is not past tense. It doesn’t say you were a new creation the second you got saved and from that moment you have been getting old again.
No, the Word says you are a new creation. Present tense.
What does God want to today?
He wants to create a new thing in you.
A new mentality.
A new habit.
A new hope.
A new attitude.
A new love.
A new life.
You don’t have to be caught in the momentum of past habits or past regrets, past failures or past mistakes. The past is over. You don’t live there. You live here and now in Christ.
Let go of “what-if’s” and embrace the possibilities with Jesus in “what is”.
That doesn’t mean your perfect but that you are present and open to live new, now.
Are you caught in the doldrums of “what if’s”?
What letting go of the past mean to you?
You are a new creation.
May you live fully in Christ today and discover the wonder of new things He wants to do.
God’s plan is transform your life.
He wants to do such a redeeming work in you that nothing from your old life fits anymore. Not your old habits, old coping mechanisms, old go-to reactions or even old self talk.
He doesn’t want to simply give you a few new skills to slap onto old habits, or new ideas to add onto your old ones.
He wants to change your life- all of it.
He wants to change how you see it, how you treat it and how you deal with it. He wants to change you from the inside out.
Jesus hasn’t paid such a high price to redeem you to God so that he could “patch up” your life, but so he could give you a brand new one.
He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. (Luke 5:36 NIV)
He wants to help you “clean out your closet” and then give you the keys to a brand new wardrobe- his.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Colossians 3:12 NIV)
You must dress yourself everyday. You take responsibility for it…but instead of going back into your old closet, head into God’s. What does he have for you to wear?
It’s not about trying harder. It is about asking for help. Let God choose what you wear, inside and out. He is your best life advisor.
I just wanted to remind you that you are a new creation in Christ. You are being re-created.
You have a past but you are no longer defined by it.
You are not who you used to be or what happened to you or what you did to others.
You are not obligated to continue making decisions according to who you used to be.
Who are you?
You are a sinner saved by grace, redeemed by love and filled with power.
You are a new creation, developing new skills, new dreams, new purpose and new hopes.
You have a future before you that is guided by God, provided by Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
You are not who you were but you are on your way to who you are going to be.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)
While we often think that becoming “new” means learning more about yourself, but the Word tells us that the only way to become new is to learn more about your Creator.
Learn about his redeeming love.
Learn about his sin destroying sacrifice.
Learn about his far reaching forgiveness.
Learn about his indwelling power.
Learn about his undaunted grace.
Learn how he loves.
Learn why he sacrificed.
Learn to forgive like him.
Learn to walk in his power.
Learn to wrap yourself and others in his grace.
It is not by bringing all our focus inward that we become new, it is by becoming passionate pursuer of all God is.
“Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator“. (Colossians 3:9, 10 NIV)
What is the one thing you can do this year to learn more about your Creator?