“Anyone who belongs to Him is a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun.” ~2 Corinthians 5:17
I became a Jesus follower in my mid-20s, and have spent much of my life since sharing his heart-transforming message. And yet some old patterns of thinking and behaving, some of the old person, persisted. It was as if I were using two conflicting operating systems. Not surprisingly, this caused frequent crashes!
“Kindle afresh the gift of God that is in you.” ~2 Timothy 1:6
So, four years ago, I recommitted myself to abandoning the old operating system and relying exclusively on the new one. But I couldn’t accomplish this on my own.
“Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given to do, and then sink yourself into that.” ~Galatians 6:4
Hungry for consistent functionality, I began downloading “apps”—memorizing, meditating upon and praying Scriptures—words I’d read and appreciated in the past but hadn’t fully lived by. For the first time, God’s way of thinking and doing—interfacing with that new person operating system—began to be my way of thinking and doing.
The process of becoming a new me isn’t complete. Neither have I finished “the work I have been given to do.” But the change has been palpable, powerful, and more transformative than anything I’ve ever experienced, apart from that original new person download. So I welcome the new year anticipating new apps and new upgrades, and excited to see what new things my Creator has in store!
“Beloved, we are God’s children, and what we will be has not yet been fully revealed. But we know that when Christ appears, we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is.” ~1 John 3:2
If you haven’t already, I invite you to join me in welcoming not only a new year, but…
A new you!