“…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV)
One of the greatest barriers to living the Christian life is our inability to see ourselves in the light of what Jesus has done for us. The work of Jesus (through His death, burial and resurrection), has accomplished far more than just providing for the forgiveness of our sins. Jesus’ work has provided us a whole new life. A life to be lived, right now!
For whatever reason, this is really hard for us to grasp. Maybe it is just easier for us to look at the “hot mess” that was our lives and believe that God is going to spend our lifetime getting us right. We have embraced the notion that God is in the business of fixing us – of taking our old broken lives and making us the kind of people that He wants us to be (but it’s probably going to take a whole lot of time to do this!).
But I don’t find anywhere in Scripture that tells us that.
The Bible teaches us just the opposite. Jesus’ work, on our behalf, enables us to BE new creations. Scripture says that we are new… now.
Let me give you an illustration that has helped me…
We have all received an invitation from the Most High God, that He desires to come and hang out with us – He actually wants to come and be with us. If you will, He wants to come and ride with us.
We hear about this invitation – and we accept the fact that Jesus’ work on the cross makes it possible for God to actually come and be with us – personally.
But here’s the problem. Our lives are a lot like a rusted out car. They are ugly, twisted, damaged, pieces broken (or missing). Our condition makes us ashamed to be seen (let alone have the God of infinite glory be seen with us!). So we conjure this notion that God has to fix what we are. If we are going to be acceptable to Him (and stay that way), He’s going to have to make us presentable – fix all our brokenness – mend all our malfunctions – rework all that is wasted away.
But that’s not what God has promised to do. He is not the spiritual “body shop.”
His solution? To give us something completely new – something classy, sporty, fully functional. Something worthy of the constant company of the Most High! You might be shocked to realize: He has no intentions of ever fixing the “old” you. But… He has already made provision to give you a “new” you. It is a gift, fully reflective of His style, His goodness, His glory, and His power.
And it is available right now.
The message of Christianity is that, in accepting what Jesus has done, God has made you new – and He desires to come and take a lifelong ride with you!
Prayer focus: God, help me to see the wonder and the glory of your gift of new life.