EMBRACE THE NEW
August 20, 2019 | Timothy Peace
EMBRACE THE NEW, DON’T TURN BACK TO THE OLD
When Paul wrote to churches, he always had in mind that in Jesus, his life was transformed. His misplaced zeal was redirected at heralding the good news of Jesus to everyone he could share it with so that they could experience the light of God in their lives, just as he had.
In Ephesians 4:22-24, Paul writes the following:
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24 NIV
Paul never loses sight of the fact that God’s goal for people and His work in our lives is to make us “new,” and “holy.” God desires that we be free from sin and made into the image of Jesus.
That’s why we should always desire to be open to God, to remain connected to Him in prayer, Bible reading, and in togetherness with the church community. When we lay down our roots in Jesus, God, through the Holy Spirit, will produce the fruit in our lives, making us into new creations and no longer bound by our broken ways.
That’s the beauty of the grace message Paul preached, it always inspires a pay-it-forward attitude. Those who are made new cannot wait to share what has been done for them with others because they desire the same light to flourish in their lives too. Love always seeks the betterment of the beloved. Don’t confuse Paul’s teaching with being a wagging finger and disapproving head shake. Instead, out of love, he encourages those he loves not to turn back, but to move forward, embracing the love and light of God and the redemption God brings.