I can be whoever I choose to be today. What a profound idea. It says in the Scriptures that as a believer in Jesus, you are a brand-new creation. Your eternal being, or your spirit, is recreated which means the old is gone and the new has come. This is not a temporary arrangement but a permanent one.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Have you ever thought of this? Have you ever thought of yourself and your life in this way?
It’s easy to make a decision to devote your life to Christ but then asked the question, “now what?” It’s even easier to continue living the way you used to before.
However, for you and me to grow in our Godly purpose and live the life he intended for us, we need to understand something very important:
Who and how I was yesterday (“outside” of God) has no inherent connection to who I am and how I choose to be today.
It also says in the Scriptures that we are to work out our salvation.
To me it means we need to retrain ourselves how to act, think, speak, and live according to the new spirit that resides within us – instead of according to the old habits; the habits and ways of the old creation.
Yet, many people get stuck in a certain way of thinking, “I’ll never change,” or “that’s just the way I am, that’s my personality.”
If you have received God’s spirit into your life but nothing changes inside you – from the way you look at people and act towards them, to the attitude you live with every day – you have to ask why it is that nothing has changed in your life.
Because even though it is a process of growth and re-learning many things, one of the things that are very true is, something always changes.
Whether it is increased joy or happiness instead of depression, or inner peace where there used to be turmoil, or friendliness instead of rudeness – something always shifts and keeps changing over time as God takes hold of that life.
As it says in the Scriptures, a good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. Naturally as with every new tree, it does take time for it to bear fruit, but once a does there is no mistaken the type of tree it is.
Once I become a new creation I need to understand that my present life is no longer caused by my past, unless I choose that it be so. For now in any given moment, regardless of circumstances, I can choose again.
I can choose strength instead of weakness, and love instead of fear.
I can choose to bless instead of blame, build up instead of break down, and to hopefully lean into the future rather than dragging with me the past.
The limits of yesterday have no power over the unlimited possibilities of this moment, for in God all things are possible and in God all things are made to be perfect. All it takes is for me to make myself available at this moment, and allow the spirit of God to illuminate my heart and life.
The old is gone and the new has come so let me ask you,
What of the old are you still dragging around and allowing in your life?
Because what I’ve learned is this, even though you might be avoiding or even be blind to it, it is there for all to see. Everyone knows, even when you pretend it’s not going on.
But I will end by saying again, who and how I was yesterday (“outside” of God) has no inherent connection to who I am and how I choose to be today.
Who do you choose to be today?
May peace and light fill your life.