I have been hanging problems writing blogs lately. Maybe it’s the fact that I have not been on the water lately. I have not had that time alone with God in his creation. I have to say I am feeling it. I miss my time with God being on the water.
I was reading 2 Corinthians 5 the other day. It is a great chapter of scripture. It is in my opinion one of Paul’s greatest writings. To be honest I have read it over and over trying to understand what Paul is really trying to say. I would love to read it in Greek so I can see all of the things that don’t translate into English that we miss, but I am not there yet in my Greek understanding.
What really stuck out to me was 2 Corinthians 5:17, which says: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” When I read this I immediately thought of a blog I wrote months ago about custom painted crankbaits.
The point of the blog was that when we become a Christian we are like a crankbait that is custom painted after you buy it. The paint is stripped and made into a new creation. We are the same; we are stripped of your old ways and made new when we allow Christ into our lives.
2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us just that, the old is gone! Just like the old paint on the crankbait is gone our old self is gone. The “New” is here in the case of a crankbait it’s that new paint job put on by the artist creating it. In the case of a Christian it’s the new life we gain in the artist of Christ.
I love the analogy of the crankbait receiving a custom paint job and how we as Christians get one as well. I hope that you have received a custom paint job in your life. I hope that God has brought the “New” into your life and the old is gone. If not maybe it’s time that you stop and listen to the words of God and allow the transformation.