Friday, November 1
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” – II Corinthians 5:17
When people receive a heart transplant, that organ is not the only new gift they receive. There are stories of people who had received new hearts from donors that began to have new cravings. Suddenly, one woman who hated broccoli all her life began craving it intensely. Someone who did not favor asparagus now wanted it with every meal. Even a man who used to eat healthy beforehand found himself only wanting fried onion rings right after his surgery! It is absolutely stunning! Their bodies rebooted with new desires.
When we were Born Again, God gave us a new heart. We began to have a distaste for what our flesh once craved and we now desire all Jesus has to offer. Our hunger and thirst are now toward His righteousness. His Spirit has been poured out on us and we are drenched in His love. When people receive a new heart, most times a desire for life change comes along. They begin to exercise more and enjoy the true important meanings in life. When we witness how glorious and good God is, we experience life change as well. No longer do we want to live in sin. Instead, the freedom and love of Jesus exudes from us!
“New creation” comes from the Greek word, “kainos ktisis.” According to “kainos,” we are unprecedented, uncommon creations simply because we are in Christ Jesus. Because of Christ in us, we are uncommon to the world. As we grow in our relationship with the Lord, those things that once brought us pleasure are now undesirable. We begin to stand out from others who do not have the same beliefs and standards that we do. The world cannot identify us or redeem us as its own because we now belong to our Heavenly Father. We are new creations because the Spirit of God dwells on the inside of us. Praise God for giving us a new life that is eternally set apart for Him and with Him!
Blessings, Pastor Hunter