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A New Creation

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

profileMost things we buy in the store these days says things like – new and improved – or new edition – or new formula.  In the market place – standing pat will not cut it.  The old might have been good – evening great – but if the product is not constantly improving – or at least saying it is – they lose their edge.

Before we came to Christ – we might have been good – but when we came to Christ – we became new and improved.  Paul writes: 2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

Sunday at the Men’s Emmaus Walk I will be speaking about Sanctifying Grace.  Sanctifying Grace is God’s efforts to constantly be changing us to be more like Him.  In Christ we are a new creation but if left on our own we would probably revert – often – to our old self.  In computer language – if we are now using Windows 7 – the new creation – if left to our own desires – we might revert to using Windows 98 or some older version – going backwards in technology.  Maybe if we moved to the dark side and began to use a Mac and left to our own we reverted to using a PC.  OK – not great examples but you get the picture (I currently use both and am having a time with the back and forth).

Sanctifying Grace is God’s work in our lives – if we allow Him – to make us and mold us after the example of Christ.  The old is constantly put aside for the new – the new improved – the ever improving.  In computer language again – every program it seems wants access to your photos and contacts and other information.  You must decide whether to allow access or not.  Are you/we allowing God access to our hearts – to our lives?  Are we allowing God’s Sanctifying Grace to work in us – through us – and in spite of us?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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October 25, 2013 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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