The New and Better You

Doug Story

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"  II Corinthians 5:17

The other day, I was driving by a gym and I saw a big banner on the side of the building that says, "Tired of the old YOU, enroll now and discover the new you."  Our world is fascinated with the idea of becoming new. The thought of being able to change who the world sees and knows is appealing to a lot of us.  Many of us are desperate to get rid of what the world sees and debut the new you.

If we really desire to be new, we need to look no further than to the cross.  When Jesus died on the cross for our sins, it gave us an opportunity to become new.  On the cross, Jesus once and for all took care of our old sinful nature.  The Bible says that because of the cross, we are a NEW creation.  However, the new creation in us is not a better looking, better acting you.  When Jesus Christ comes into your life, He does not make a better you.  In fact, in all honesty, the old you has gone away.  Instead, Christ makes in you a NEW you, and actually it is HIM.  That is what Paul means in II Corinthians when he states that we are no longer who we were.  We are not known for our sins, we are not known for our failures.  We are even no longer known for our accomplishments or our successes.  Our whole identity changes, we become new.  We become IN Christ, a NEW creation.  Our identity becomes one with Christ.  Everything we are, everything we do is in Him and because of Him.  We are forever known as a new creation in Christ.  The old is gone and the new is Him.  From this point on, our life is spent not trying to make ourselves look better.  Instead our lives are now spent magnifying the image of Christ which now lives in us.  Our goal is for the whole world to see the new creation in us and for them to recognize that the new creation is Jesus.

So when you think about your life, don't think of how you can improve your life.  Don't think about the good things you need to do to make yourself look better.  Instead, think of the life you have IN Christ.  Think how each and every day through the work of Christ on the cross you have been made new.  Think how each and every day your life should reflect Christ and His work in your life.

Remind us each day of the new creation You have made in us.  Keep our eyes focused on You and the cross. Help us to be more mindful of displaying the new YOU in us.

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