2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV) says this: “Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.”
This is a very powerful Scripture that captures a wonderful truth. We have been provided with a liberty to renew ourselves every day by the mercies of God. Each time we remind ourselves that the past has happened and nothing can change it, we move into the space of embracing our “new”.
What has Christ made “new” about our lives? The quality of our lives has been made new in the eternal part of each of us, which is our spirits. Spiritually we are in a new grade, a new level, a new class, and a new rank. This elevation comes with new opportunities, new benefits and new vision. Our standards are new, our value system has changed, and we see things from a new perspective. We are not restricted by our own frailties and flaws anymore. In this new place our imperfections become testimonies to the favor of our God. We can openly share our transformation with others without shame or reservation, because God has chosen our lives to glorify Him! But nothing changes for us until we embrace our “new”!
It is just as important to embrace the words of this Scripture when devastation and tragedy hits our lives. There are some hard losses that are permanent. There are some sad memories that will be with us the rest of our lives. NYC is still mourning the horror of the attack on our city on 9/11. Seventeen years later the grief is still fresh in the hearts of many people. The memorials have already begun today. Those victims have passed into their eternal rest, but we have lived on. We have cried and mourned, but we have also laughed at some things and celebrated some events. Some people have fallen in love again, married again and entered into wonderful relationships. Babies have been born, presidents have been elected, businesses have flourished and failed, and we have all grown older. New things have happened every day. But we must accept that “old things are passed away” whether we wanted them to or not. Holding on to the “old things” that no longer exist or benefit our lives only hinders our future…blocking our “new”.
It is our privilege to move forward into the new. Embrace it!