Through Jesus - New Creation

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Monday, July 6, 2020

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17

This is part 1 in a 5 part series.

Colossians 3:17 has a broad scope - whatever you do. There is no part of our life not encompassed in that phrase. The way you drive, the way you interact with people, how you manage your money and assets. The broad scope is followed by a big ask, to live your life in the name of Jesus. Essentially, that means we are his representatives. We are supposed to do live just how Jesus would, or in a way that he would approve of. It then goes one step further and requires a big attitude - thankfulness. So everything we do is supposed to be as Jesus would, and we are to be thankful through it.

Thankfully the verse doesn't end there, with a big scope, big ask with a big attitude. It closes off with "through him". We are not left to flounder on our own, trying to do all this in our own ability. We are to do this through Jesus.

Over this series, I want to explore what Jesus has done that allows us to live this life through him.

This week, let's consider that through Jesus, we are a new creation with a new identity.

2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Galatians 2:20 - I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

We have a fresh start, and the great thing is that we can claim that moment by moment. The mistakes of 30 minutes ago can be forgiven, we can re-clothe ourselves in the new creation and move forward.

For a number of years, I have been using the phrase "That's not who I am any more." It is a phrase that I use to reset my thinking and behaviour. When I am tempted to do think or do something sinful or that would not reflect Christ, I remind myself of my true identity. It acknowledges the weakness and the history, but brings me into a sense of my new identity.

There are loads of lists already out there that help you understand your new identity. Try Googling "in Christ I am" and you will get a bunch of results. I know some people that read those types of lists regularly to remind themselves of their new identity. Others will pick one aspect and focus on that for a week or a month.

However you want to do it, I want to remind you that you can move towards a life where whatever you do can reflect Christ, with a thankful attitude. You can do this because in Jesus, you are a new creation.

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