Thursday, February 15
2 Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!”
What is “therefore” there for? Well ... back up to vs. 16: “From now on, then…” OK, now we need to back up even more to vs. 14: “For the love of Christ compels us, since we have reached this conclusion: If one died for all, then all died. And he died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the one who died for them and was raised.”
Here is a super unpopular concept: Because Christ died for us to give us life, we, in gaining that life, first die with Him. Take a breath.
Often when you see someone being baptized, the truth will be proclaimed that we are buried with Christ in our sin, we are raised to walk in new life. This is an often forgotten truth to our salvation. Sure, we love to talk about being made new, but for the new to come, the old must first leave us … or as Paul puts it in vs. 17: “pass away”.
Sadly, I remember hearing a church leader answer a teenager’s question once: “You don’t have to give anything up to go to heaven, you just need to pray this prayer with me.” What a tragedy and absolute heresy! Many have not understood that while God’s gift of grace is free, it costs us everything. Making Jesus our “LORD” has nothing to do with giving Him a piece of our life, but it is literally giving Him all of our life.
But it is worth it ... Soooo worth it.
Read today’s verse again. Sounds great doesn’t it? Made new! New has come! New smells good. New feels good. New looks good, but new doesn’t come cheap. New requires the death of old. Christ invites us to the cross to be crucifed with Him. When we join Him, we share in His victory, His life, His power.
A REBOOT is more than a declutter… it is a restoration process. A grand restoration process.
Lord, show me if there is any area within my life in which I am still holding on. Reveal it to me, Father, that I might crucify it so that I can be restored as a new creation. I want everything new in my life.
- Pastor Tim