Behold I make all things New!
When we come to Christ, the bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17 that old things have passed away and all things are made new.
This however does not mean we get a new face, new body, new house, new car, new job, new business amongst other things instantly.
The question we should then ask is, What then becomes New?
I believe that what we get is a new spirit. With this new spirit, our outlook to life should begin to change. We should begin to see things more from a spiritual rather than from a carnal viewpoint. Our mind, which is the platform on which decisions are made is renewed to operate in the fear of the Lord. The lenses through which we see life is clearer and less self-focused. In fact, our mentality is transformed and we are able to see through the eyes of Christ, think through His mind and love through His heart.
If we were quarrelsome and contentious before, we find that we just want to live in peace. If we were greedy and extortionate before, we find out that we are unable to cheat or short-change people anymore (Luke 19:1-10 Zacchaeus, the tax collector).
If we were used to lying and exaggerating before, we find out that it becomes difficult to continue to do so, as the Holy Spirit convicts us. If we were arrogant and haughty before, we begin to humble ourselves and relate with people we thought were of low position (Romans 12:3, 16)
We should then wonder why we still have so many liars, adulterers, fornicators, cheats, backbiters, thieves, haters, selfish, proud, arrogant etc people in the church?
I will refer us back to the parable of the sower (Mark 4:1-20; Luke 8:4-15; Matthew 13:-1-23) What determines how the seed thrives is mainly the condition of the Soil.
This parable exposes the heart/mind with which some of us received Christ but we are still in the church regardless. A lot treat the word of God with levity.
Is your heart the wayside soil, rocky soil, thorny soil or the good soil?
Are you listening to and obeying the prompting of the Holy Spirit?
Are you allowing the word of God to renew you and make all things new indeed? I will leave you with this word of encouragement from Colossians 2:11-12 “When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature. For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.”
You have the power to change the texture of the soil of your heart so that you can have newness indeed.
Hear the word
Accept it by building yourself up in the word
Yield to the Holy Spirit and bear fruit
Have the fear of the Lord and
Trust the mighty power of God
You will begin to experience Newness, Joy, Fulfillment, Peace and Abundant Life in Christ.
Have a beautiful month.
Shalom,
Reverend (Mrs) Enitan Idowu
Living Waters Intercessory Ministries