Sunday Scripture

Have you noticed how many magazine covers and television shows scream: A New Year, A New YOU? Apparently January 1 brings about this magically time when we can change everything and start brand new.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:17-18

According to the Scriptures, when I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior, I became a new creature. God has already moved past those old things and made me new through Him.

Why would we want to be somebody new? Better, perhaps. More grounded in the Lord and His word, yes. But something new and different? God has made me new so I won't have to try to become new on my own.

But this turns into a mental problem for our human minds. We either forget that we're new creatures, don't believe that we're new creatures or don't understand who that new creature is. We're so caught up in the world's ideas of being better and newer and different that we forget. We forget that we can't change that new creature we've become because we're God's new creature.

We don't just exist anymore - we live because of Christ. God made us new, so all we have to do is keep the vessel neat and clean and pure. It's never been our calling to make something of ourselves because He already did that. We just have to listen to His moving in our hearts and obey His voice.

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