Last week we explored this idea that it’s time to move forward into the future God has planned for us. That God does not want us living in the past, he wants us living in the future; He wants us to remember to look forward not backwards as we strive towards our goal of being more like Jesus each day.
This can be hard sometimes, our past like to come knocking on our hearts and minds, especially when we are at low points. We need to guard against this, we need to take an active role in our life of faith.
When your old life begins to tug at your heart, remind yourself of the new start Jesus provided for you through his death and resurrection.
The past likes to try and chain us down by constantly reminding us of who we were, the past like to say to us “You can’t change” or “there is no hope for you, your too far gone”. But Jesus says something different, he says the OLD has gone and the NEW has taken its place.
You are a new creation in Christ!
But those old things sometimes they tug at our hearts and they try and tempt us back to the old way of living, the old way of doing things. This Sunday I used the visual that our life is like a box, or a container. Before we meet Jesus our life is filled up with junk thoughts, junk habits and junk… well, you fill in the blank.
When we have an encounter with Jesus he empties all of this out, you are a new creation no longer guided or determined by your past. What is supposed to happen is we fill our lives up with the things of God, that way there is no room for the junk of the past to inhabit us.
But sometimes we only go part of the way, we don’t commit ourselves to prayer or Scripture, we don’t fully fill ourselves up so when the past comes knocking, it finds room in our lives to make a home again.
But you are a new creation!
When your old life begins to tug at your heart, the best way to overcome this, the best way to leave it in the past, the best way to say NO I’ve changed is to remind yourself of the new start Jesus has provided for you through his death and resurrection.
That is where the power of the Christian life is!
The Apostle Paul knew all about this from personal experience. In his OLD life he persecuted Christians, he hunted them down and threw them in jail but then he had an encounter with Jesus and the OLD life was GONE and a NEW life took its place.
This transformed man wrote to this to the churches in Rome:
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
– Romans 12:1-2 NLT
God wants us to be worshipers. Worship isn’t just singing on a Sunday, it’s more than that. Worship in very simple terms is putting God first in all you do. That is what Paul is talking about here. Be living and holy sacrifices, put God first in everything you do.
When you do this, the OLD life goes and a NEW one takes its place. Paul says it this way “let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think”. It all starts with our minds, how we see ourselves and how we see God. But it doesn’t stop there, he continues: “You will learn to Know God’s will for you”.
When you are a person that puts God first. When you make no room for the past because you have put your hope in Jesus something happens in our lives. We get to know the voice of God. It leads and guides us from a place of worship, a place of transformation.
Reflect on this question during this week: Am I filled up with the old life or am I transformed by the new life?
God wants you to be living fully in the transformed, it’s not an end of life goal, it’s an everyday goal.
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