Don't Look Back
I like the word “new.” I’ll bet you do too.
It is an exciting word, especially when it is attached to things like cars, houses, gadgets and even the New Year. We all like “new” things and we want “new” things.
But it is also a scary word. “New” sometimes means that we need to break free from the “way we’ve always done things.” It can also mean moving into unknown and unfamiliar territory.
Think about how you felt the first day on a new job, or at a new church. Uncomfortable is the word that describes how I felt. How about you?
It is hard for us to change, to let go of all that is familiar and comfortable. It is hard even when we know that the “new” is better.
This is why the Gospel is a frightening proposition for many. Spiritual birth ushers us into the new. Paul made this point clearly: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Are you in Christ? If so, for you the old has gone and the new has come.
- A new life – Romans 6:4.
- A new identity – John 1:12.
- A new self – Ephesians 4:24.
- A new heart – Ezekiel 36:26.
- A new covenant – Hebrews 9:15.
- A new command – John 13:34.
- A new way – Romans 7:6.
You might not know what this new life in Christ will look or feel like. And at first, it may seem a little awkward or strange. But here is the good news — the “new” that Christ has for you is better than anything you could ever dream or imagine.
There is nothing to fear with this “new.” Jesus’ love for you has taken the fear out of moving forward. And besides, Jesus Christ is with you, empowering you to this new life to the full.
As a believer in Christ, the only way is forward in the newness of life. It is time to let go of the old, to stop looking back, and to embrace the new.
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