This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! - 1 Corinthians 5:17
I'm thankful today for the truth of resurrection and renewal. I no longer have to be identified by my past sins or who I was before knowing Christ. The "old life", as Paul refers to it, is completely gone in the eyes of God. It is no longer held against me, no longer something to be ashamed of, or feel guilty about.
I'm reminded today that I too must no longer look at other Christ followers in the darkness of their former selves but rather in the light of what Christ has done on the cross. I must see my fellow believers as new people - new creations. Brothers and sisters that do not deserve my condemnation or judgement for their sins before knowing our LORD.
I am hopeful today as I think about how, together, we believers are all on this journey of resurrection and renewal - of recreation as we get closer and closer to the return of Christ. We look forward to and long for the day when our lives will be released from the chains of death and decay. When our bodies will be released from sin and suffering. (Romans 8: 18-25)
I'm convicted today to see each person I encounter as someone in need of hearing this Good News or being reminded of this Good News. The news that a glorious version of ourselves awaits those who follow Christ - the culmination of each of us becoming a new creation in Christ is on the horizon.
Father, thank you for sending your son, Jesus Christ, to live a life worth following, die a death powerful enough to defeat sin, and to rise from the grave to give all creation the hope of resurrection and renewal.
- Is there anything in your life that you need to "leave behind" with your old self - recognizing that you are a new creation in Christ?
- What does a new life in Christ look like for you - what has changed?
- Who do you know that struggles with guilt and shame that would appreciate hearing this Good News?
Make it a great day!