Mar 23 2015

Verse for the Day: 2 Corinthians 5:17 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (NLT)

Prior to buying our current home over 30 years ago I decided to have a basement built for the home to sit over. Once the basement was completed I hired a crane to lift each half of the home and set it in place. In total we have a little over 3,100 square feet of living space in which we raised our family. Over the years Jo and I have added many different features to our home to enhance and add to its appearance and functionality. We have added decks, covered porches, sidewalks, new windows and a total remodel on the inside. One of the things we have talked about for many years is having the outside of the house stucco. 

So this week while Jo is still California I thought I would surprise her by having the house stucco prior to her return home. Part of the prep work that needed to be done prior to putting on the stucco was removing all the old trim and repairing a few damaged spots in the siding to ensure a smooth and solid base for the stucco to adhere to. When the contractor had finished removing all the old trim from around the windows, doors and other areas of the house and the slump blocks I had removed, there was a huge pile of trash and debris that was no longer of any use.

As I think about the transformation of our house from siding to stucco I can’t help but think about today’s verse and what God does for us when we call on and trust in the Lord. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! Before that new life can began the old life has to be transformed. Just like all the old trim, slump blocks, and other objects had to be removed from our house in order to have a solid foundation to build on. The same is true with our transformation from the old life to a new life. You can’t have a new life by just trying to cover up the old life. You have to allow the Lord to strip all the old junk away, repair the damaged spots, and start the process of rebuilding you into a new creation. And just like the stucco work didn’t happen overnight the same is true in our spiritual walk with the Lord. This is not to say that God couldn’t completely and totally change and transform someone in the blink of an eye, and He does, but this process of going from an old life to a new life is a continual process that is ongoing throughout our lives as the Lord sanctifies us into a new creation.  

This process of going from an old life to a new life can be painful. Removing all that old trash, debris, junk and the old way of doing things can leave you feeling ugly, unworthy, and unrepairable. Kind-a like our house looked once the old trim, slump blocks and other items were removed from around it. What once looked pretty good and was a place you would want to call home now looked like a total disaster. But once the old was remove and the rebuilding process was started the new began to appear and little by little the house was transformed into a completely new home. The old was gone; a new home appeared!

The first step to creating a new life is by asking the Lord into your life. Once you do that God has some great promises awaiting you like Ezekiel 36 : 25-27 24 For I will gather you up from all the nations and bring you home again to your land. 25 “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. 26 And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations. (NLT)  And 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 16 But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. (NLT)

I pray you will take time today to reflect on your life. Are there areas you haven’t turned over to the Lord? Is your old life keeping you from the new life God wants you to have? Do you belong to the Lord?

If you have never expected the Lord as your Savior or possibly you walked away from following Him, He will never force you back or force you to accept His free transforming gift of Grace, Mercy and Forgiveness. The choice is your, you can keep the old life you currently have or choose to belong to Christ and allow Him to begin a new life in you today. I pray you choose wisely as your choice will last throughout all eternity.