In Christ: I Am a New Creation

It is always good to be reminded of who we are in Christ, especially when we find ourselves living in a world filled with chaos and confusion.  Over the next 24 days I will be sharing the devotions from my book, “In Christ Alone”.  Each devotion is designed to help us look to Christ for our identity in the midst of a myriad of sources trying to define who we are.

Here is day nine with an important reminder that in Christ you, and those around you, have been called to be a new creation.

I Am a New Creation

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

What do you like the most about new things?  What do you not like about new things?  How easy/hard is it for you to take hold of new things if the old are still available to you?  If there was one area of your life that you could make completely new, what would it be?  What would it take to do so?  Do you believe people can change?  Do you believe you can change?  Why or why not?

Many of us live with an internal tug-of-war where we like new things but are far more comfortable with many of the old things that define who we are.  For example, I tend to buy new shoes but will rarely wear them until I actually throw the old ones out.  As you pray, ask God to help you see any areas of your old life that you tend to cling to instead of claiming the new life that He gives.  Pray that you would have the courage to always put away the old life and live as the new creation you are.  Pray that you would trust God’s ability to make not only you, but those around you, into a new creation when you are in Christ.

In prayer,