NEWNESS IN CHRIST'
2 Cor 5:17 'Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.'
Newness always brings zest, joy, pleasure, and excitement to our lives. It could be a new car, a new house, a newborn, or even a new job. We can become very elated and excited with such experiences.
However, newness in Christ is incomparable, matchless, beyond comparison. The newness, which the verse addresses means to have a deep, meaningful, experential relationship with God.
When we are in Christ, we have a new outlook. The world is viewed through new lenses. We live by a new focus - God's focus.
Our purposes, feelings, desires and understandings are different. In essence, we allow God to lead and direct our lives.
Most significantly, 'the old things are passed away'-our sinful passions and habits. God does not simply clean up our old nature; instead He creates a completely new and unique person.
Only God can change the murder into someone who loves others. Only God can change a pickpocket into a law-abiding citizen. Only God can change an abuser into a genuinely warm, loving person.
The desired newness in Christ is realized as we submit our lives to Him. He wants to give a new lease on life. Let us come to Him without delay and experience newness in Him.