Sunday, 13 June 2010 05:00
The concept of “new” is strongly emphasized in the Bible. For example, you have an Old Testament and a New Testament. While the New Testament is really a fulfillment of the Old Testament (read Matt. 5:17), there are some changes that make the “New” better than the “Old” (read Heb. 8:7-13).This same concept should be portrayed in a Christian’s life. When we are baptized, we are to walk in “newness of life” (read Rom. 6:1-4). Having been delivered from the law of Moses, we should serve in “newness of the Spirit” (read Rom. 7:6). As Christians, we are to purge out the old leaven of malice and wickedness, and keep the feast with a “new lump”—the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth (read 1 Cor. 5:6-8). A Christian should be a “new creation,” standing in direct contrast to that old creation they once were (read 2 Cor. 5:17 and Gal. 6:15). A converted sinner, otherwise known as a Christian, should also be viewed as a “new man” (read Eph. 4:24 and Col. 3:10).
Where Christians often miss the point is in the change that “new” implies. Being renewed implies change. If there is not a tangible and observable difference between the man you were before Christ became the driving force in your life and the man you are after that point, you have to begin to ask yourself—have I, am I, letting Christ change my life?
The life that has truly been touched by Christ cannot help but change. You will have a new outlook, a new hope. Your aspirations will change. Your lifestyle will change. Your appetites will change. Your desires will change. Your affections will change. All of sudden, the old will truly be old to you and you will be renewed.
Have you genuinely been renewed?