2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
Many times, New Year resolutions are made to usher in changes in one’s life, families etc. Truth be told, most resolutions are never kept. Starting with you, how many times have you made resolutions that materialized? Being a Christian does not coincide with resolutions, it is a decision you have to make, deeply, and rigorously pursue.
Walking in the newness of life begins the moment you make that great decision to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. According to the scripture, you become ‘Born-Again.’ The essence of being born again is for anyone that believes, and desires to enjoy His fellowship after death. Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit” (John 3:5 NIV). This means that without Christ, or being Born again, no one can see God, or enjoy Heaven.
As a born again Christian, you are renewed. You are Holy Ghost filled. You are saved, but the communion, relationship with the Father is a work in progress. This is because you still have years of life to live here on earth. Your assignments must be completed. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV).
As a changed person, Your priorities will change, and those things that meant a lot to the world, eventually will become of no value to you, even when you need and still have them. You become “… children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God” (John 1:13 NIV). You become determined to do your Father’s will.
Walking in the newness of life commands a total transformation. As a believer in Christ, operating around sin is very uncomfortable, regardless our inability to save ourselves. A great question concerning what we should do came from Apostle Paul; “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:1-4 KJV).
This eye-opening question and answer should be a guide for all of us. We should use it to evaluate our lives, decisions and choices. Living pretentious is an act of hypocrisy, and this can alienate us from God who knows and truly loves us all. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23, 24 NIV). There is no need for accusations, denials and self-righteousness. Attempt to do this is making God a liar (1 John 1:10), and He can not lie.
As a step into promotion, every believer should walk and be ordered by the word of God. Newness means to be new, clear minded, forgiven, and forgiving, equal opportunity to yourself and others, no biases, no sentiments and superiority. We are before God equal, made from dust, to end in dust, but every spirit shall account to God (Ecc. 12:7). It also means to become real, not just to others, but to yourself. A liar is absolutely covering up something. A greedy person is coveting something, so is a hater! Walking in newness therefore requires your daily evaluation of yourself, as to how you perceives others, “doing unto others, how you want others do unto you” (Luke 6:31).
As I conclude today’s devotional, I found a great key from Apostle Paul. “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8, 9 NIV).
Here, he advised all believers on how to reverse bad thoughts, revive lost hopes, reframe a corrupt mind, refocus ones agenda and become a better Christian. Over the years, I have tried (though I failed some areas) with these scriptural verses. I solemnly testify that my perspective has changed tremendously. Those areas I was a slave to sin have healed, and today, though still ‘under construction’, I am walking in the newness of my life!
Jesus died for us to live, and no matter what comes your way, He is here to give you life. Be mindful, and do not lose hope. “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:31, 33-35, 37 NIV).
Walk on, and never look back. Stay blessed. Amen.
Scripture of the day: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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