Compelled by the love of Christ
Being a new creation is not an immediate transformation to perfection, it is more a process of change. A process of God working through us, our will and our choices. That by faith we can face the challenges that will oppose our ability to metamorphosis into a new creation.
And there will be challenges. From those who knew us before who will critique, ridicule and speculate this transformation. We also have to contend with those who come to know us through this process of change and may experience judgement on our past, which may make it hard for them to accept that we are new. The most extreme scenario would be to accept a murderer or molester has repented and become ‘new’.
God wants to work something new in everyone who is in Christ. There is something new in everyone who is in Christ, the Holy Spirit. Without a relationship with God through the Holy Spirit, change is not possible.
Forgiveness and repentance are easy but to reconcile ones past with a life newly formed in Christ, takes the supernatural efforts of the Holy Spirit.
‘…be reconciled…’ 2 Cor 5:20
Our transformation is of the heart. It is hard to be seen but will manifest in our desire to submit to the will of God in all that we do. We have a commission to fulfill as Ambassadors of God. There is a message to deliver to the world, and as representatives of the kingdom, we should not let who we were before this promotion stand in our way of fulfilling our great assignment.
Beloved Lord, I accept and submit to Your will in me. Mould me into all that You desire me to be, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Written by Orode Faka of @thelafamily