Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17
I see the burden of the flesh as a coat with full pockets. Sinfulness spills from every compartment, but the weight remains. When we seek Christ, He steps toward us with arms outspread and takes the coat from our shoulders. Welcoming Christ into our lives removes the burden of sin. We are still imperfect, but our cares are cast toward a Savior and a Brother who is pleased to make the sacrifice.
When the burden of flesh is removed, our spirit is set free. God’s vision of us is in full view, and the power of salvation is displayed all about us. We are no longer hidden or hampered. Without the heaviness, we move more swiftly to the moments God has planned for us. We are not exempt from the temptation of the easy or the familiar, but we have power to remain focused on His path.
I’ve found precious freedom from the draw of the flesh in the pursuit of continuous renewal. God does not offer us only one, single, eye-opening, heart-moving, spiritual awakening. He offers us a new life every time we open our eyes. Salvation is a life-changing experience and a daily choice. When we decide to keep looking toward our Savior, we are renewed daily.
Through new purposes, new opportunities to serve, and new perspectives on the Word, this everlasting life that we have been so graciously offered is never dull and forever brings us to new places of restoration and replenishment.
Lord, let us replace our fear with faith in Your plan. When the temptation of old habits starts to build, let it be trampled by our fervent steps in the direction of Your will. Renew us daily as we look to you in love and gratefulness. Amen.
How has your vision of yourself changed since welcoming Christ into your life?
Are there opportunities for ministry that you’ve been too scared to try? Step out in faith and let the Lord lead you.
Kendra is a wife, mother of one, and a reader of any book placed in her hands. Growing up as a preacher’s kid, she never thought she would follow that path. Twenty years and one Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies later, she’s accepted and embraced that God has bigger and better plans. As Kendra transitioned from full-time career to stay-at-home mom, God rekindled a love of writing that has renewed a drive and purpose for which she was desperately searching. In her writings, she hopes to encourage all of those who feel like they have no idea what they are doing.