There is a certain pleasure that comes with new things – that new car smell, the look of a new outfit, the feel of crisp, untouched pages in a new book (a pleasure lost with e-books…). We try to take excellent care of the new things we’ve obtained in the hopes that the newness will last longer. But try as we might, the evidence of use appears more and more with each passing year. Some things become more valuable simply because they have survived the decades and centuries intact. Other things more personal are increased in heart-value with much use, like the tattered-edged quilt that my grandmother made for me. It was beautiful when it was new, but evermore beautiful to me now with its ragged edges and broken threads.
In a world where time leaves its mark and things age and become old and changed, we struggle to grasp the concept of newness that the resurrection secured for us. We have been given a newness that doesn’t fade with time or become less valuable because of our imperfections.
We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, so we too might habitually live in newness of life. Romans 5:4
Paul writes further: consider yourselves dead to sin…and alive to God – living in unbroken fellowship with Him – in Christ Jesus. (v 11)
Consider: to think about carefully; to take into account. Paul was writing to those who had already chosen Christ and attempting to help them understand what change had taken place: they had been made dead to sin and alive with Christ! Consider it! Think about it! Take it into account! Every moment of every day we have new life! This body will show the wear and tear and age that time will bring, but this is only the outer shell that holds who we really are – new creatures. When we sin and miss the mark we think we become damaged and broken, but our new natures remain unchanged and unmarred. He has washed us with the blood of the Lamb and we are beautiful in His sight.
This is how we truly honor His resurrection – by sharing in our own resurrection through His. Taking what He’s purchased for us that will be ours for all eternity: Newness of life with every breath.
“Newness” was written by Kay Stinnett and first appeared on http://www.ourpassionatepurpose.com