Sunday, December 5, 2010

New and Improved

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" -- 2 Corinthians 5:17

Every now and then it becomes necessary to replace something old with something new and improved.  Nearly everything in life becomes old and outdated at some point.  Whether it is an old car, worn-out clothing, or simply a tired face, a little attention to the details can go a long way in improving the look and performance and perhaps even extend the useful life of a particular thing.  Sometimes, though, it takes more than a coat of paint or a stitch in time to restore the beauty and function with which a particular object was created.

As I was tweaking my website in anticipation of new opportunities in the year ahead, I began thinking about the way God changes us.  We are constantly being tweaked by the one who created us, through circumstances, by his Word, and through the working of the Holy Spirit.  I suppose until we get to heaven, there will always be something about us that God can find to improve!

The Bible tells us that if we are in Christ, old things have passed away and all things have become new.  The shed blood of Christ washes us clean from the stain of sin and we are spiritually made new.  Unfortunately, living in a fallen world takes its toll at times, both on our bodies and our spirits.  Isn't that true of all of us?  Thankfully, the God who never slumbers or sleeps (Psalm 121:4) is always at work completing the good work he started in each of us, always ready to forgive us when we confess our sins and restore us to a right relationship with him (1 John 1:9). 

When Christ returns to take us to heaven, our mortal, corruptible bodies will be made new, once and for all.  In Revelation 21:4-5 (NASB) we are given this blessed assurance: "and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away. And He who sits on the throne said, "'Behold, I am making all things new.' And He said, 'Write, for these words are faithful and true.'"  Amen and amen!

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