“…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away; behold, the new has come into being.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
A few days ago I wrote that “God is going to ask us to act as if we were, rather than what we are.” This is true… but there is another angle we should see…
We all have the tendency to look at the deficiencies of our Christian walk and define our relationship with God BY those deficiencies. We allow our struggles and failures to identify us – rather than the truth of what God says about us.
It is often very difficult for us to escape the harsh realities of what we see in our selves, as opposed to what God sees in us.
But part of faith is realizing that God sees us through the eyes of what Jesus has done for us – through what He has already accomplished for us.
It all comes back to something we have been stressing a lot in these past months… we ARE new creations in Christ Jesus – we are NOT becoming new creations (even if it sure seems like we are in the “becoming” phase, most of the time).
I said all that to say this… God is asking us to act as we ARE, rather than what we wish we were. We may not see the fullness of our new identity in Christ… yet – but it is true, even if we cannot quite yet see it.
And that is where the gift of faith comes in… “Faith IS the assurance of what we hope for and the certainty of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1) Our hope is squarely fixed upon Jesus – and what He has done, on our behalf. We are absolutely assured that His work to redeem and restore us is complete. His work to deliver and liberate us is finished. His work to heal all our brokenness is done. As we look at our lives, we may not see the fullness of it, yet… but faith gives us eyes to see the certainty of these things before they actually become real to us.
We need to be reminded that it is faith that is the open hand to receive what God offers to us. And what He offers us is the completed work of Christ on our behalf.
The truth about us is this: whatever we need to be… He has already made us to be. We ARE what Christ’s work has made us to be. And when we fix our minds upon what Christ has done for us – our actions and our words will follow. Scripture reminds us that if we will renew our minds (continually) we will surely see the transformation in our lives.
It is God’s truth that shapes and transforms us. This world’s lies and half-truths will always warp and disfigure us.
The tremendous news is that, now, because of Jesus, we no longer have to conform to this world and it’s thinking – we can be renewed and transformed into what God has already done for us, through Jesus.
The choice is always before us… Live life according to what we wish we were – OR live life in accord with who God says we ARE.
Prayer focus: God, help me to see myself in the light of who You say I am now.