A New Creation in Christ
Today’s society tells us that our identities are based on what we look like, talk like, and act like. As women, we are bombarded with standards of how much we should weigh, what clothing we should wear, how we should behave, and what kind of people we should surround ourselves with. We struggle with this because we desire to be known and accepted by others. We yearn to be loved and, if not on the right path, sometimes make harmful decisions based on that desire. Throughout our lives, we search for that ‘something’ that we think can fill us up or satisfy a temporary hunger. We idolize every materialistic object, but pass by the One who created the genius’ who invented them. We pass by the Creator of the Universe and forget that it was He who put the sun, moon, and stars into place. We pass by God because the promise of becoming completely new seems impossible to us. “I’ve done too many shameful things… God would never forgive me”. It becomes so easy to get caught up in our failures and defeats. It’s as if the master of deceit comes to us and reminds of our wrongs. He haunts us with guilt, telling us we will never be good enough after what we’ve done. But we don’t have to be good enough. Because Christ is good enough. He offers us redemption and salvation despite our brokenness and sin.
Before we come to know Christ, our identity is what we allow others to define. This world shapes us and then spits us right back out when it gets tired of us. God created us with a plan, and a purpose. In Psalm 139 David so beautifully declares to the Lord: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb… My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be”. Our Creator knows us better than anyone and anything. He sees our strengths and victories, and He also sees our weaknesses, and defeats. But regardless of it all, He offers us the gift of salvation- of a new life with Him. He calls us to leave the world behind, and follow Him. He cleanses us and makes us new. He offers us a new beginning.
With a new beginning means a new way of living. You can’t be given a new, clean shirt and then go right back and play in the mud again. Being a new creation means completely turning your life around, and placing Christ at the center. I challenge you right now. Grab a piece of paper and write down something that is keeping you from seeing yourself as a beloved child of the Most High God.Whether it be a relationship, your thoughts, your past, etc. Write it down and then tear it up. Tear that lie up because you are a new creation and God sees you worthy of His love. He has a beautiful plan for your future, and He can and will use your life for His glory. You are a daughter of the Most High King.
If you have realized that your identity is in something that is not defined by Christ, I urge you to throw away and put aside those things that are weighing you down. Remember that God cannot hold an already full hand. Let Christ define you. Make Him the center of your life. Only in Him do we find fulfillment, and everlasting joy.