The new you… being vs. doing
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 BSB)
The most important understanding we need to have is that true Christianity is NOT about doing… but about being.
God’s work, on our behalf (through Jesus), was to make us into something – not to give us another (more “spiritual”) list of things to do.
Though the old you certainly likes “to do” lists… none of us are any good at doing them. No matter how willingly, or diligently, we work at doing our best – we always fail.
God has a better idea! In the New Covenant, God’s solution to our problem was not to come up with more things to do – but to give us a new identity. If you will… to make us something that just naturally does what He desires for us to do. He made us new creations – and new creations are created (past tense) to do exactly what He does.
In case we forget, we do not earn or deserve this gift of being new. Jesus earned this for us – and decided to give this “newness” as a gift to anyone who would commit their lives to loving Him, in return.
What we receive is a gift. It is a gift of BEing new – with a new identity, a new purpose, a new desire, a new goal, and a new way of doing the things we’ve always known we should do. The gift is based upon what God did, through Jesus.
And this gift of the new you is actually “created to BE like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:24!)
This is really important.
All God asks from us is to embrace what He has done for us. To take off the old you, and put on the new. The new you will do what needs to be done… naturally.
It all begins with this understanding that we are called to BE something – something we are already equipped to be. We do not have to work up to it. We do not require years of intense training. We do not have to pass through numerous spiritual hoops. We do not even have to prove that we deserve it. We just have to see ourselves differently – as new, as righteous, as holy, as divinely-equipped to do God’s will… every moment of every day.
This is why repentance is so important. We all need to change our mindset. We are not used to thinking this way. We are used to trying hard… and failing – trying harder… and failing. That is the old way of doing what the old you did.
God is seeking new results. And has provided the new way of getting those results.
But it all begins with an understanding:
Not do… BE the new creation.
Prayer focus: God, help me to see myself as You see me – and help me to completely embrace your provision of the new me!