There is nothing like something new: A new pair of jeans, a new pair of tennis shoes, a new book. Let’s not forget to mention a brand-new baby. It doesn’t get any better!
What is it about ‘new’ that is so appealing? Perhaps it is its pristine, flawless, and fresh attributes.
The Lord is all about new when it comes to His creation. He has been since the Fall:
Isaiah 43:19 “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (ESV)
Rev. 21:5 “And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (NLT)
2 Cor. 5:17 “… . anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (NLT)
Truth: I am a new creation
The moment we accepted Jesus as our Savior and Redeemer, King of kings, Lord of lords, and bridge to heaven, we became a new creation. Just like that. He tells us that He has removed our sins as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12) and that He has redeemed us (Isaiah 44:22). (If you haven’t made this commitment to Him, take a minute and read over a previous post of mine: The Best FREE Gift).
It is time to start living like it! We aren’t perfect and need to stop mustering up all of our strength and energy trying to be on this side of heaven. When King Jesus returns to bring us a new heaven and new earth (Rev. 21:1), we will be given new bodies that are perfect (2 Cor. 5:1-5) and we will experience perfection in every way, however, until then, we need to die to our selves so that Christ and His perfection can shine through us. Left to our own strength and best intentions, we will revert back to our dead ways that include anger, wrath, malice, slander, and lies (Col. 3:8-9). Instead, we are to be new!
What does this new self look like?
Col. 3:12-17 tells us. “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (ESV)
Can we experience this new self if we try harder tomorrow? It isn’t possible. These traits are not natural to our fallen selves. They come from God and God alone. It is time we start taking Him at His word and allow Him to refine us by working through us. He is waiting to do it. The question is: Will you let Him?
You, dear sister, are a new creation. Believe it!