Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17
The concept of being a new creation has been something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. What does it mean to be new? Is it like a brand new car that has never been used or is it more like restoring a used car? When we’re made new in Christ, it’s more restoration, but God makes us completely new. He makes us the people He purposed us to be.
I am new in Christ, but I still have my past issues, struggles, and choices I’ve made. Those don’t go away, but they are redeemed! They set a marker in the sand to see where we’ve been, but also how much we’ve grown and continue to grow. They also give us opportunities to reach out to others that are struggling with the same things we once did or who are going down the path we turned from.
Having not grown up in the church, the concept of a new creation was pretty confusing and honestly kind of weird to me at first. Then I thought it was awesome because I would be new, like right then. I quickly realized it isn’t an instantaneous thing. I was new, I knew that there was something different within me, but I couldn’t tell what it was at first. As a new believer I was excited about Jesus, reading my Bible, and wanted to be in church and around other believers as much as possible. But I was still stuck, or so it seemed, in some of my old ways. I was stuck in the same thinking patterns, using the same hurtful language, and the comfort of being the me I had always been.
There were a lot of major ups and downs initially in my walk but the more I chose Jesus the more I changed. It wasn’t noticeable at first, but then I could see my reactions being different, my feelings being more pure, and my desires changing. I no longer wanted to be around the people who brought me down, or spend time at the bar, or even listen to music that wasn’t Christ-centered. And believe me I loved, and still love, hip-hop, I just listen to different rappers now. Slowly, over time, my desires were lining up with His. I was truly becoming a new creation, or rather I was being restored into who I was created to be!
This morning I was reading in Matthew 13 about the mustard seed parable. It hit me differently than it ever had before, like I actually got it. Our faith as a new believer starts out small, but over time as we choose Jesus, choose to be in the Word, choose to follow His lead, and choose to take up our crosses daily, we grow into new creations. We are strong in the faith and able to share our stories with others to encourage them in their walks. And I know my walk would have been so different if I didn’t have women who had been walking with Jesus for some time speaking into my life and encouraging me!
Being a new creation isn’t always noticeable at first, but if you’re new to the faith you can know that you are new and live that out boldly! With the new here, that means the old has passed away.
“Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”
The old passing away is like losing our lives to find them. It won’t be easy, we aren’t promised easy, but it will be beyond worth it for you, this generation, and the generation to come. Don’t let fear, discomfort, or worrying about what other people think (all things I’ve struggled with and am still struggling with) hold you back. Then you and I can be jamming like Lecrae in his song “My Whole Life Changed”:
“Let’s just say I saw the light, let’s just say I heard the truth. Let’s just say I ain’t’ the same no more, I’m out here looking new”!
Let’s walk as the new creations we are, declaring God’s power to change us, and encouraging others to let Him.