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The Old Has Gone; The New Has Come!

Updated on October 4, 2011

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

Very few of us have pristine pasts. We’re human and most of us engaged in worldly pursuits prior to dedicating ourselves to God. Because of our pasts, it can very difficult for others to accept this change, especially if we didn’t just attend the party but were the party.

I have an unusual last name. Once, at the DMV, the clerk reviewing my paperwork asked if I was related to someone she knew in college who had the same last name. When I confirmed I was, she threw her head back and exclaimed, “The Wild Man!" That was his nickname in college, she said, due to his outrageous antics. She chuckled a bit as she reminisced over his early shenanigans, then asked, “What is he doing, now?”

“He’s a preacher,” I answered.

“No!” she replied wide-eyed.

“Yes,” I said.

She stared at me for a few more moments waiting for me to deliver a “Gotcha!” that was not to come. I watched as her expression changed from disbelief to thoughtful consideration. Finally, she said, “That’s good.”

Whether or not she actually thought it was good is something only she and God know for sure. However, it did draw attention to the fact that our pasts travel with us. And there is never a lack of those who will be ready to remind us of them. Our family, friends and acquaintances may have the most difficult time accepting the change in us now that we have dedicated ourselves to Christ. That is because the change is internal. Our bodies have not changed, but our perspectives have. We no longer live to please ourselves; our desire is for the Lord. We tend to look at things from a spiritual point of view rather than a worldly point of view. These tendencies are the direct opposite of many and some, quite simply, cannot handle it.

The cost of following Jesus is high. We may lose friendships and popularity as Matthew 8:18-20 illustrates: “When Jesus saw the crowd around Him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. Then a teacher of the law came to Him and said, ‘Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.’ Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.’”

It is difficult to lose the favor of loved ones who are not yet ready to make the same commitment. Stay the course. Stay in prayer. Stay focused. Although the cost of following Jesus is high, the reward is even higher: Eternity with our Lord and Savior.

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    • cadebe profile imageAUTHOR

      cadebe 

      5 years ago

      Thank you, The Stages of ME, for the beautiful and insightful comment. Continued blessings to you, too.

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      The Stages Of ME 

      5 years ago

      Wow, is all I have to say in relation to this HUB. So very honest and simply beautiful. I loved loved loved this piece and am so very blessed to have stumbled upon it this day. I too believe our past is carried along with us. Yet it is like an imprint that is there and covered by His blood. It is because of this that the stain can become washed away and beautiful and we can love others who can only look outward and make comments on our correction. I pray for the day when all of us are looking in a mirror and looking up and working hard to be more Christlike. I love that we will all have imprints and stains that have made us who we are and that we will use each of those to live for Him and hopefully bring others to know Him. Thank you for your simplicity of the truth in this piece, and continued blessings to you.

    • cadebe profile imageAUTHOR

      cadebe 

      5 years ago

      Thank you, ercramer36.

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      Eric Cramer 

      5 years ago from Chicagoland

      Great reminder for believes to stay focused on Christ. Voted Up!

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      Ms Louise 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the encouragement! Scriptural truths aren't always easy to accept but they are true, none the less!

    • cadebe profile imageAUTHOR

      cadebe 

      6 years ago

      You're welcome! Thank you, MsDora. May the Lord continue to bless and keep you.

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Good devotion to start the day. Thanks!

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