Tuesday, April 10, 2012
It's a terrible plague that, after having received a new self from God, we still fall into denigrating ourselves as though that's humility. It is more humble—and accurate—to acknowledge what God has made of us all by Himself.
In making us His very own creations (2 Cor 5:17), we have or are an outstanding self, one that is compatible and in union with God (Phil 2:1). Could something in union with Him be less than perfect? I’m thinkin’ not. (See Hebrews 10:10,14.)
Our new self is what’s renewed through knowing and communing with God (Col 3:9,10). When you’re thinking or wondering about God, reading about Him or singing or talking with Him, you’ll also know yourself. He brings the real you out, and reveals you to you. You're going to like that.
The old self is gone! (Rom 6:6) God took care of that old thing by crucifying it with Christ. He did it! On purpose! And He was successful. Oh, I know that the flesh would masquerade as you, but it isn’t. The new has come. That’s worth looking at and celebrating now and then, don’t you think? Perhaps just an occasional, “Way to go, God!”
You're not old. You're forever new.