If you live in a building that has multiple problems; heater not working, lighting not working, warm water never available for a bath, rats running all over, sewer system not working, and don’t mention the stench coming from your apartment… you would want to do something about it, right?
Sorry for the gross visualization, but think with me…lets say you call the leasing office and explain all of these problems and they assure you that a work force will come in a do a complete renovation of your apartment, but they just need to relocate you for a few weeks. I am sure you would not refuse.
Of course your expectations would be very high, and you would expect to return home and find everything new right? Heater working, no more rats running around, no more stench and I believe to top it off you would expect to take a nice warm bath!
But what if you returned home and after weeks (mind you you were promised a complete renovation) you found the rats still running, the water still cold and everything else basically that same as it was before you left, and when you asked the workers what happened, they merely replied some things were made new but the others are still old. Would you accept such a situation?
I’m sure you would not. And the Lord Jesus wants us to understand that He doesn’t accept this situation as well. Look at what this Bible verse says;
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
If you say you are in Christ, ALL things must be new and old things must be put away. Old habits, old foul language, old bad characteristics, and whatever else doesn’t profit you.
Just like you would not accept your renovated apartment with some old things, don’t accept your life to be filled with old things of the past.
Jesus is the Master Builder and will never fail! Once you give Him full access there will be nothing oldleft behind, but all things will be new.
May the God of the Bible bless you.
Bishop Joshua Fonseca