Back to the Future

2 Corinthians 5:17  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

This has to be one of my favorite verses in the Bible.  It speaks of new beginnings, new adventures in Christ.  It is a picture of the old ways wasting away.  It is a description of the redemptive work of Jesus alive in us.  I don’t know about you, but I am glad that the old has gone.  I like the new that Jesus has brought.   I am a fan of His “new creation” work in me.

But even though we have been made new, we sometimes want to continue to live in the old – the past.  We choose to go back to those old wells, old sins, and old memories.  We live our life in the coulda, woulda, shoulda.  It makes me think about “Back to the Future.”   There had been mistakes made in the past and Marty wanted to go back and fix them.  What he found, however, was that altering the past had some detrimental effects.  The past needed to be left alone; the only way to change the course of life was to affect the present.  The only solution was to get back in that time machine and go back to the future.

Some of us need to get in our time machines and go back to the future. We need to stop living in the past and start living in the present.  We need to embrace the fact that when we are in Christ; the old has gone and the new has come.   We’ve got to let go of the old, whether it be relishing in our past glories or drowning in our past sins.  Let the old be the old.  Let it pass away.  Let it die.  Get into the life of Christ and discover again each day, the new creation work He is doing in you.

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