“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)
Each day is a time to give thanks for all that Christ has done for us and a time to remember that no one is ever too far away from salvation.
I look at myself a year ago: unfaithful, prideful and empty. I can so easily say that all the steps I took was through my own intuition, but how wrong would I be? Very!
“This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty” (Zechariah 4:6 NIV).
It so easy for us to claim our own salvation and miss out the reason for every season, the reason we are saved, the reason we are forgiven – Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Saviour. This is not a time for me to talk about my salvation, but rather to remind us of the fresh beginning that comes with Christ’s Resurrection.
It is important to note that when Christ resurrected, He wasn’t immediately recognizable. “While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood amongst them and said to them ‘Peace be with you’. They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost” (Luke 24:36-7, NIV). Changing your ways, accepting Christ in your life and becoming that new creation means that you WILL not be the same person you were previously, meaning that your friends and family WILL notice the change, they won’t recognise the new you because you are brand new! The old has gone and the new is here! Truth is, it may sit well with some and it may not with others. You may lose some friends, you may gain new friends, but the loss means nothing in comparison to gaining Christ.
Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4, KJV)
All that matters is your commitment to the one who created the universe, the one who created all things around you, the one who created YOU.
When Christ resurrected, he wasn’t a ghost. They may have believed that he was but he clearly says “why are you so troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” (Luke 24:38-9, NIV). As a black woman born again into Christ Jesus, many choose to believe I’m going through a phase. In times like this, there is no need to doubt what God is doing in your life. No need to be troubled or anxious.
Acts 9: 1-31 talks about Paul’s conversion, Acts: 16: 11-15 talks about Lydia’s conversion, Acts 8: 26-36 talks about the Ethiopian Eunuch’s conversion. There are many more examples in the bible that talks about people’s journeys from their old lives to the new. What you would find in these cases is that none of the above went back to dabble in their old lives but rather worked to glorify God through their new lives. It is imperative that you do not let the ghost of your previous life loiter around your new life. Going to university but still going back to sixth-form is a bit strange isn’t it? What I want you to know is that your new life is fresh, a new beginning.
Christ has resurrected us!
REMEMBER: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV). Do not let anyone trick you into believing that you are far from salvation, trust me, salvation is only a prayer away. Don’t believe me? Try it, find a quiet space and pray with me:
Lord, I know that I have not lived my life for You, I know that I have been living it for myself and for my own gratification. Right now, right here I admit that I need you in my life. I acknowledge that Jesus Christ died for my sins on the cross, and I pray that I can receive the forgiveness that you have made available to me through His death on that cross. Lord, I receive you into my life, fill me up anew and dwell in my heart. From today, I surrender my life to you. In Jesus’s name, Amen.