|Posted on January 4, 2012 at 9:55 AM|
2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
Matthew 27:42 – “He saved others”, they said, “but He can’t save Himself!”
The verse above from 2 Corinthians is one that I’ve been led to about 10 times in the last 4 days. It’s very specific, very clear – as a believer in Christ, I have a new life. I am a new person, and my past is my past – good lessons, but nothing more. I am to be led by new desires and follow a new path. Travis and I looked at this last night, for what won’t be the first time, and an interesting conversation took place around it. In our discussion, my sweet husband asked me a pointed question to make a point: You do believe in Him, right?
This question shook me to my core. At first I wasn’t sure why it got to me, but the more I thought about it the more it was obvious. I claim to believe in Jesus, but do I live like it? Do I really want more of Christ and less of the old me, or am I happy to keep to my old ways and only give God lip service?
When, in Matthew 27:42, it was said of Jesus that “He saved others but He can’t save himself”, they weren’t referring to anything obscure. Jesus was being crucified, and He wasn’t in a position to save Himself. Know why? It’s not because He couldn’t ask to be helped. Jesus couldn’t save Himself because His work on the cross was far too important, and He knew it. He couldn’t, He didn’t, save Himself because He needed to save US. What He was doing was not about Himself, it was not about what others thought of Him – it was about showing us the truth, showing us once and for all that He paid for our sins and that He was the only one that could.
This truth makes me realize something. No matter how many little things I think I need to be doing “for God”, the one thing I ACTUALLY need to be doing is showing others this same truth. No hiding behind excuses, no being too scared to tell others that I am a Christian, that I believe with all my heart that Jesus died for my sins, and that God’s word directs my life. No being ashamed, no worrying about what others may think of me, and no being afraid to say “I don’t know but I will find you the answer” if I feel my knowledge is inadequate. After all, we are always learning – right?
If I claim to love you, I am doing you a huge disservice by sugar coating or hiding what I know to be true. It keeps you from knowing the real me, and it keeps you from knowing the real Jesus. My pastor posed a unique challenge last Sunday – his message was composed of a number of Biblical concepts that he wished for us for the coming year. One of these, suffering for Christ, made me cringe at first – and it’s fast becoming clear that this is the most important thing for my new year (and maybe some of your years as well). At any rate, I pray for all of you to share the mercy of our God with others openly and unashamedly.
What do you feel is holding you back from being a new creation? Do you have anything keeping you from sharing Christ with others? Do you know Christ in your heart? Let’s discuss anything weighing on your hearts! Either reply here, or write to [email protected] – I’d love to hear from you!