2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
When we become Christians, life doesn’t suddenly become perfect.
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When I first understood Christ within me, I fell under the false impression that I would always feel His incredible love and peace – that it would just come automatically to me. That’s why when I eventually allowed the physical world to get in the way of my spiritual self, I was surprised that all of those physical world/ego things came raring back. Impatience, negativity, quickness to anger, lack of motivation…oh, I could fake my way through acting the way I knew I was ‘supposed’ to act, just as I had many, many times in previous years. But wasn’t I supposed to feel God’s love all the time since I’d come to accept Him? 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that we are a new creation in Christ…so why did I fall back into my old ways?
Just as our cells are constantly changing, so too is our spiritual self. Just as we must exercise our bodies in order to keep them healthy, our minds to keep them sharp, we must also exercise our spirits in order to completely allow Christ to live through us. We are not so much as living how He wants us to live (from the outside), but instead we are allowing ourselves to be infused by Him so that our very essence is Him. I don’t mean we are Him. I’m not trying to divert the focus from Him. Instead, I want to stress how much it is that He is a part of us. And we must feed and nurture that part so that He can truly live through us.
There’s a difference between living for Jesus and allowing Jesus to live through us.
Think about that for a minute. Living for Jesus means living from the outside in, doing things merely for the sake of doing them whether it’s for appearances or maybe because we think that by only doing the good deeds we can be closer to Jesus.
But allowing Jesus to live through us…by doing that…we are truly living from the inside out, knowing the love within us that is Christ and allowing it to pour out of us into the world. That can definitely motivate a person to do things.
In the times when I felt God’s heart-swelling, gut tingly love and peace inside me, allowing Jesus to live through me came easily. But what about those times I didn’t? And believe me, those times happened more often than not.
I read the scripture about becoming a new creation in Christ, and I know that’s what I want. I also understand it’s not a one time deal. When we accept Christ, that’s only the beginning. We know how it feels to have Christ living through us. Our job is to allow that feeling to drive our very existence. When we do, then we are motivated to do something. We can’t help it. It’s in our very nature at that point. However, it’s also in our physical nature to deny that part of ourselves. We allow the stress and busyness of everyday life to take precedence, and we don’t let Christ be at the forefront. Then, we wonder why we can’t get back to that (lovin’) feelin’ again. Okay, doesn’t that make you want to burst into song? I think I’m dating myself. But seriously, it’s true. We want to feel the feeling, but we put it on the back burner as we get wrapped up in our every day lives.
We should want to make Christ our everyday life…and not just on the outside either (living for Jesus) but by allowing Him to live through us. In order to do that, we should take a second look at 2 Corinthians 5:17. We can be brave enough to throw away all we’ve learned growing up (driven by fear) and realize that just like our cells, our spirit is constantly renewed, sometimes every moment. We have to make the conscious effort to create ourselves each and every moment.