It just struck me the other day that the name of our orphanage, “All Things New,” is such an awesome promise from GOD. 2 Corinthians 5:17 is the verse that we got this name from and it says:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone the new has come!”
What a promise from GOD! That “in Christ,” we are brand new creations. We weren’t saved so that we could go to church more, or be a little better than we were before, or even to be really good people who help others. We were saved so that we could go from death to life. Without Christ, we are still our old selves. We are still hopeless, we are still dead in our sins, and we are still without hope and without GOD in this world. Without Christ we are dead, and there is nothing we can do to bring ourselves to life.
So if you are reading this as a new creation in Christ. As one who is saved, loved, and alive in the perfect love of a perfect savior, then we have to ask ourselves. What does it mean that we are brand new? Does it mean that we thank GOD and go right back to our old lives? Does it mean that GOD saved us once and now we are just waiting until we get to Heaven?
Absolutely not! When we are in Christ, everything is new, everything is different. It has to be. Because when we are in Christ we have experienced the perfect love of a perfect Father and it changes everything. I wish I could fully comprehend what I am saying and fully understand this love and this new creation I have become. Maybe then I could explain it better than I have. But I cannot. I could never put into words the love that our Savior has for us!
I tell Jess all the time that I could never put into words how much I love her. It would be impossible. You cannot put into words the type of love that I have for my wife. Not even the most talented poet or skilled songwriter in the world could describe how I feel when I am with her and what it means to me that I have her in my life. That is the nature of love, as hard as we try to explain it, we never will, there are too many things that go into it.
And then I think about the love that my Father in Heaven has for me. I can’t even put into words the love that I (in my imperfection and sin) have for Jessica. How on earth could we ever even begin to comprehend the infinite love of our perfect GOD? But here is what I know (and it is not much)…In Christ, I am a new creation. I have gone from hopeless to full of hope, from helpless to the arms of my Father, and most of all from death to life!
I am loved by my Father and He has made me new.