Change is possible

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.

Faith, not sight

The Friday phenomenon, 5 minute Friday in which I uses today’s prompt of see to set me off writing for 5 minutes. Join the link up over at The Gypsy Mama and read what others have written too.

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for we walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7 ESV)

I have already written about the importance of eyesight, both physical and spiritual. Yet there can be times – perhaps extended times – when sight is useless to us. The road ahead is enshrouded in mist and fog. Darkness keeps me from seeing what may be before me.

In these times I have no choice but to trust God, to walk in faith. Being honest, I don’t like that, even if it is good for me. I prefer to be able to see, to know what lies ahead.

But even if I could see the road ahead fully, would I make better choices? Knowing my own fears and weaknesses I am certain I would turn back if I knew whatever difficulties await me.

In this I take courage from Paul stating that he walked by faith rather than by sight. The context is that he is groaning and feeling burdened by this life, longing for glory and being home with Jesus. Yet he continues to walk in obedience.

Lord Jesus, please strengthen me to also walk in obedience.

Stop

For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. (2 Corinthians 5:4-9 ESV)