Scripture for Today: II Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.”
Does this Maine lobster have a new shell or an old shell?Apparently, there is quite a difference in the taste. The lobster will moult and shed their shells to reveal a larger one underneath. If you happen to eat one with a new shell, it will be sweeter and more flavorful than an old-shelled lobster. As a lobster grows into their newly formed shell, there is a gap between the meat and the shell. This gap is filled with seawater allowing it to marinate the meat. The result is the sweetest and most tender meat!
Today’s verse teaches that the old can be changed into the new. Such a profound and lasting change can only happen through the work of God’s Spirit. The old way of thinking and behaving changes when one is “in Christ.” A new desire to live for Him changes priorities and one’s direction. In Christ there is power to change through His Spirit. No longer is one stuck in a pattern of thinking and feeling. Where once there was a resistant heart of stone, with forgiveness there is now a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26).
Despite all the books on self help out there, change on the inside cannot be addressed except by our Creator. This is a monumental change from spiritual death to life! Being spiritually dead means there was nothing I could do for myself. All this is from God. (verse 18) Being made new was the only way God could reconcile me to Himself through His Son. And by being made new in Christ, I can change to sweet and tender!
Thank you Lord, that You make me new.