Conforming and Consistency

“Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭5‬:‭17‬ ‭

I admit I struggle with 2 Corinthians 5:17. I was joined to Christ when I was eight years old. I became a new being. The old was gone. It is a beautiful picture of my salvation. I have never doubted what God did in my life that day.

As I grew older, that walk with Him
varied. I walked away from Him. I know He
never left me. God continued to draw me back, but sin was very present in my life. As a teenager, it was not like I returned to sins that I did as an 8 year old. In my mind, I entered whole new depths of sin. And so I’ve struggled since coming back to God as I have felt like I tainted the new creation. I know Jesus didn’t need to save me again, but I couldn’t let go of the idea that I let the old back in to my life.

However, today reading this I am reminded that even though I categorize sin, God does not. “For sin pays its wage—death; but God’s free gift is eternal life in union with Christ Jesus our Lord.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭6‬:‭23‬ ‭ Sin is not plural, it is
singular. Any sin seperates us from him. “Whoever breaks one commandment is guilty of breaking them all.” ‭‭James‬ ‭2‬:‭10‬ ‭

So even though my sin looked different at eight than it did as a teenager, it was the same
to God. I was returning to the same vomit.
My sin did not taint His new creation, it
did not changing my being. Satan nor my flesh has that ability. Jesus overcame it at the cross and His blood only needed to be applied once to be complete.

I am writing using a Rocketbook, the words
I write are easily removed. The puppy
smudged the writing, even just playing around. There is a little eraser at the end of the pen I can use. When I am done, I will dampen a little cloth and the page will become
white again.

I have seen my sin from the standard journals I have used for years. I saw my sin as written there written on the new pages, of the new creation God made when I joined Him. I have viewed my new creation as spoiled because of walking away from God.

But God’s mercy is new every day. His sacrific
is one and done. It is complete. The sin
written after salvation is much like this
writing, easily wiped clean. The new is come. My sin has no power over what Christ did. This is not a license to keep sinning. It is grace at its finest, empowering me to rise above my past sins and failures.

This year I feel like my word for the year is consistency. New Oxford American Dictionary defines Conistency (Noun) as
1) conformity in the application of something, typically that which is necessary for the sake of logic, accuracy or fairness
The achievement of a level of performance that does not vary greatly in quality over time
2) the way in which a substance, typically a liquid, holds together; thickness or viscosity

As I wrote out the definition. I immediately thought of Romans 12:2 “Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭2‬

I have learned to apply God’s word to my life, to let it transform me and my desires. Paul David Tripp writes “Even the most regular, seemingly unimportant tasks of my life must be shaped and directed by a heartfelt desire for the glory of God.

My life gives God glory even the mundane things like drinking and eating. Although God did not desire me to walk away, even that time He has used to bring Him glory. The things I walked through have been able to help others.
It has taken many years, but God has never stopped conforming my mind.

God has shaped and directed me, even in my failures. He knows the desire of my heart is to bring Him glory. I want to love worthy of the sacrifice Christ made and to the calling He has placed on my life. Yes, I have failed Him, but even in my failures the completed work of God is consistent.

I can move forward into 2023, knowing that the level of consistency God has developed in my life has taken time because He had to conform me. I had to surrender to His process. Although I know I still have much to learn, I can operate at the level of conformity I have allowed Him to bring me to and allow Him to continue growing me consistently as I surrender more to Him.

Prayer – Lord, I thank You for the revelation that I am a new creation in You. I did not ruin Your creation, I am not that powerful. Jesus finished work at the cross covers me, yesterday, today, and forever. Nothing can separate me from Your love, because love is who You are. Let me walk in the freedom of this newfound revelation. Let my life, even in the mundane, be shaped and directed by my desire to consistently give glory to You. In Jesus name, amen.

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