“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” — 2 Corinthians 5:17
I attended a funeral last year for a friend who’d passed away quite unexpectedly. That day — and that service especially — is burned on my memory. It’s there in the back of my mind, the pastor’s words: “If you believe in Jesus but He hasn’t made a radical change in your life, you need to take a radical look at your heart and ask why.”
That’s what this is. This “NEW” we experience.
It’s meant to be radical.
Our lives are meant to change when we meet Him, maybe in every way possible. And though I’ve been a Christian since I walked down an aisle at 16 years old, I hadn’t experienced the radical newness that pastor was speaking of until just a few years ago.
There’s an element of bravery required to accept the NEW and well, I just didn’t believe I had it. I had fear aplenty. Doubts in stacks. Control and pride hidden in corners I refused to address. Yet, Jesus was patient with His broom. He cleaned. Radically. Comforting me as I struggled with the letting go part of this radical change. And you know what? I’m still there. Still working alongside Him in the acceptance of the newness He brings. Because once we clean something up, it’s time to start on the next area. And the next. And the next…
That’s what I encourage us in today — the radical NEW.
He’s looking at our hearts. So wanting to help. To change. To mold and create, and be a leader in cleaning out the old. Because if we’ve met Him, if we profess Him to be the King of our lives… how can we still bow down to any of our old kingdoms?
NEW. It’s a brilliant word for a radical change. I pray it’s your heart’s hope today.
Working on a NEW heart,
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