Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
As my husband and I are aging, we have come to an agreement in regards to a very important aspect of life. We are working to get rid of the clutter. He especially likes this in regards to my closet. The agreement is that we will always purchase what we need, sometimes purchase what we want, BUT no matter the reason for the purchase, when something new comes in, something old must go out.
I was thinking about this agreement the other day as it really applies to everything, not just clothes… but… e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g!. SSSSssssooooo on Saturday, I purchased a new crock pot because I wanted a bigger one. It really wasn’t a need for there was nothing wrong with the old one. I just used it for a very tasty beef roast with all the trimmings. Despite the fact that it really hasn’t been used that much, according to our agreement the old has to leave. On my way home with my new pot, I wondered how long it would take for my husband to ask my plans for the old one.
I made it all the way through un-boxing and cleaning the new one and then I heard the question. What are you going to do with old one? In my husband’s mind, there is absolutely no reason for me to hold on to the old and his expectation is that I give thought to how I will carry out my end of the agreement. The old has to leave this house. 🙂
In my thinking and smiling about this agreement between my husband and I, the Lord reminded me that we are in agreement as well in His being my Lord and Savior and that He has expectations of me as well. You see, this Holy, Righteous and Loving God has been so faithful in His end of the agreement. He revealed and drew me unto Himself, gave me a measure of faith, fed me His Word, brought be to repentance, forgave my sins, saved my soul and therefore reconciled me to Himself and therefore made me a new creation. At that time, He declared me to be justified by faith and made this declaration regarding my life, “The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
The Lord gave His Son so that we could have eternal (John 3:16) and abundant life, life to the full (John 10:10). In order to realize this new abundant, full life, the Lord has given us the new, His Holy Word and Holy Spirit. He has commanded that since we have the new, the old must leave our house.
Just like my husband knows that my natural inclination might be to try to hold on and find reason to keep that old crock pot, the Lord knows that the natural man will want to hold on to the old man. The Lord wants us to understand that we are not that person any longer but rather, new creatures in Christ and He expects our participation in getting rid of the old. He speaks through Ephesians 6:22-32:
22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands,that they may have something to share with those in need.
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 6:22-32
SSSsssooo I told my husband about this post prior to pushing it out since I have his name all in it and asked if he was okay with it. He said, “I am okay with it but when will you be getting rid of the crock pot?” I am thinking the Lord is asking the same question, when will you be getting rid of ___________. Now the good news is that if I tell my husband, I need your help and he will gladly give it to me. He is most interested in the old being gone.
Our God will do the same, multiple times over. He is more than willing to help us get rid of those old man tendencies…all we have to do is ask. Blessed is His Holy Name!
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2
Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
1 John 5:14-15