2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. This sounds like such a wonderful easy bit of Scripture. If you look at it a little closer, really think about what it says you'll see that yes its beautiful and joyful but not without pain and suffering. God revealed to me so many things in this one verse.
Salvation "if anone is in Christ" This my friend is the easiest thing we can do yet we make it such a battle. If you were saved as a child it was probably very easy. You learned about Jesus in Sunday school, talked to your teacher, took your parents hand and walked forward. You might have been a little scared with so many people around but that's probably it. As an adult you might have struggled with this. "Are people watching me? What will they think? I'll wait one more Sunday when there aren't as many people here." I know there is internal struggles but that's on us. All in all though its fairly easy to become a Christian. God made it easy for you. Simply accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, know that He died on the cross for your sins and your saved.
Creation~ " he is a new creation" The creation process, its bitter sweet! Your new. God Himself told you so and that's that! Unfortunately we make it much harder. It takes a lot of work to be a new creation. Everyone sees this, they want to look and see if your really new. Think about what you do with new things in your life. New car, show it off, take it for a spin and see how it holds up. New toy, show your friends, play with it. New hair show it off too and then get home and play with it, see how it looks in different styles. One thing we all do is show it off to our friends who in turn judge it. Its the same with your salvation. You want to show it off for all of your friends to see. Your happy about your salvation (as you should be!) your excited about Jesus and find yourself telling everyone you know about His love for them. This is the great part about being new but remember there are those who are judging it. They're waiting to see if its real, if your really new. They're watching your every move asking " Is she really new or did she just cover the old?".
Change- "old things have passed away" This my friend is where the rubber meets the road! Man now its getting tough. "old things have passed away" That's such a hard thing to let happen, letting go of your old self. We each have sin in our lives that we hold onto. We struggle with and keep trying to step away from it but its not easy. The problem is we keep trying to deal with it. Its only through the shed blood of Jesus Christ that sin is overcome. We had nothing to do with it. We can not overcome sin in our lives. If you try to fight your sin you will lose. Simple as that, you can't do it. Ah but Jesus can and did. He overcame sin, died on the cross for our sin and rose again to sit at the right hand of the Father. When the temptation to sin rears its ugly head call on Jesus to handle it. This is one of those really aggravating things in life. Its so easy a caveman can do it yet we don't! You have a problem with a sin in your life, pray about, give it to Jesus to cover under His blood and that's it. Every time it pops up do this. Its not hard but we just don't like to release our control even though we're not really controlling anything. This is part of that getting rid of the old things. Turn your life over to Jesus.
The big reveal "all things have become new." Drum roll please!....Tadaa its the new and improved you!! Once you've done the above things you have become new. You now have a new way to think about things, a new way to handle sin. When it pops up you turn to God. People will still see things happen but NOW they will also see you turn to Jesus for strength and forgiveness. Just like any makeover though you have to maintain it. Except your spiritual maintenance is very different from physical maintenance. To maintain a physical makeover you have to take control of your life. To maintain a spiritual makeover you have to relinquish control of it. Everyday you have to give Jesus control over every aspect of your life. There was one word in that sentence that I bet you missed. Its one word that causes us all to stumble...EVERY. That's right every thing in your life. Not just some parts but all parts. Its so hard not to pull things back from God but if we remember that He created us, in Him we have been made new and in Him we will find strength to carry on life will be easier and better! My prayer is that you too will accept the "makeover" God is offering you. Trust that He knows what looks best on you and how to bring out all of your beautiful qualities.
http://www.aholyexperience.com/2011/03/how-christians-create-art-she-speaks-scholarship/ I posted a link above to a wonderful website that is offering a opportunity to win a She Speaks scholarship. The She Speaks Conference is an opportunity for women to reach out to other women and bring them closer to God the Father. I'm very much looking forward to attending this and pray I have the opportunity to this year!