For the past week I have been meditating on this thought:
“I am a new creation in Christ Jesus.”
This thought is, of course, based from the scripture in 2 Corinthians 5:17, which says,
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
To help me meditate on it more fully, I have considered each word in the sentence individually.
I. I, Steve Pederson, am a new creation. This is personal. This makes me feel special, unique. I am a unique new creation. I am included. I am an individual that fits in to God’s plan.
Am. It’s not that I was, or I will be someday, or that I am, but there’s a certain degree of immaturity, but I am. Period. I exist as a new creation.
New. I like the footnote to this verse in my NLT Study Bible. It says,
“Christians are brand-new people on the inside. The Holy Spirit gives them new life, and they are not the same anymore. We are not reformed, rehabilitated or reeducated – we are re-created…”
What I like about this statement is that it gives the sense that there is nothing from the old that is kept. I’m not refurbished.
There’s just something about newness that is really cool. Everybody likes new stuff. It’s shiny. It’s not broken. It’s clean. It smells good. It’s fresh. There’s a promise that it’s going to work for a while. It’s still under warranty. It’s untainted.
Creation. This is the big one. When I think of creation, I think of all of God’s miraculous working power. I think of the creation itself. I think of the universe and how God fills it in every way. I think of the majesty, beauty, abundance and timelessness of creation. I think how overwhelming it is and how God has displayed his very divine nature through it. I think about how God’s creation is personal to him and a personal expression of who he is.
When I think of how amazing God’s creation is, and then I think that I am a new creation, it almost gives me chills.
In. This is important. This little word tells me that I am not on the outside looking in. I’m a part. I’m covered. I’m protected. I have special membership privileges. I have been created to be an important part of something that is much bigger than me. I am not only a recipient of, but am a contributor to, a greater whole.
Christ. Who I am in is huge! Christ is King. He is the King of Kings. There is no higher authority in the universe. The universe was made at his command, by him and through him.
Jesus. Jesus gives it that personal touch; that touch of humanity. It’s a reminder that God became flesh and therefore understands my weaknesses. Jesus is my brother, and he is more than “just alright with me”.
To drive this meditation thought home, what I did was get out a notebook and pen and write out this statement 25 times a day every day for a week. Sometimes, when writing it down, I would focus my emphasis on just one word and how that word was special – just as I’ve outlined above.
As a result, what has happened is that I’ve noticed that when I start getting tempted to think some less than holy thoughts, that thought is quick to pop into my mind and remind me that I am a new creation, and therefore I don’t need to think, act or react the way I’ve done so many times before – in ways that are not healthy to me spiritually.
I like what it says in Galatians 6:15-16, which states,
“…what counts is a new creation. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule…”
Thinking about all this has even inspired an idea for a new song, which I hope to develop and be sharing with everyone.