Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV)
It is good to reflect upon what I have to be thankful for in Christ. This is where the very essence of all I have in life comes from and is the only unchanging thing in my life. As I travel along the convoluted path from cradle to grave everything will change, yet we like to convince ourselves that all we work and strive for will last and have ongoing significance.
No, we are like a vapour which blows away in the morning sun, a flower which blooms for only a few short days. The body I was born with has grown and changed dramatically, unfortunately it will continue to do so – by this stage of my life the change is generally degenerative! My mind and emotions have similarly grown and changed, there is no good reason to expect these to remain static either.
Yet some things remain stubbornly resistant to change; my sinfulness abides through all the ups and downs of life. If anything it becomes more problematic the longer I live. This is the very problem that Jesus has solved. In Christ I have redemption and sin is cancelled. The inclination to sin remains powerful but it’s ultimate power over me is broken. Now I have a choice, there is the option to live for God in Christ.