Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
Old And New
What is old? What has passed away? What is dead and gone from your life since you started following me? Sin’s power over my life is dead and gone. I am not living under sin’s power. Sin does not dominate and control the course of my life. I am no longer interested in living a self-centered and self-indulgent life. I don’t live to please myself. I am no longer engaged in a constant pursuit of my own comfort and pleasure. I am not the center of my own universe. I don’t think that I know it all or that I am always right. I am no longer allowing myself to be conformed to the patterns and practices and values of the world. I don’t live according to my own mission, vision and goals. Why is this? What has happened to you? I turned my life over to you. I became your follower. My old life is gone. My old sinful life is now dead and buried. When you died, my old life died with you. When you rose from the dead, I rose to a new life in you. Yes, you did.
You are now a new creation in me. How have you been made new? How have I changed you since you started following me? You have changed my heart. It is now my desire to love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. It is my joy and delight to follow and serve you. I want what you want. I want my mission, vision and goals in life to come from you. I want to know you. I want to do your will. In every way I want to do what pleases you. I want you to use me for your kingdom. I want to bring glory to your name. I can see that. What else? You have transformed my mind. You have given me new thoughts to think. You are helping me to think your thoughts. You are helping me to know and do your will. Yes, I have changed your heart and transformed your mind. Am I finished with you? Do you perfectly know and do my will? Do you perfectly desire to do what pleases me? You made me a new creation on the first day that I started following you. That does not mean that I am now a finished product. I am far from perfect. You are working in me. You are changing me day by day as I follow you. You are making me new every day in you. Your work in me will not stop until the day I come to meet you face to face. Yes, that’s right. I welcome you to keep on molding and shaping my life according to your purposes and plans. Yes, I will. You can be sure of that.
Lord, thank you for giving me a completely new life to live. You are changing my heart. You are transforming my mind. You are giving me new thoughts to think, words to speak, and deeds to do. You have made the old pass away and the new come into my life. Amen
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