2 Cor. 5:17, “If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation, the old is gone the new has come!”
Someone who has accepted Jesus as his Lord and saviour can’t follow Christ unless he deliberately leaves behind the old order of things. The verse emphasizes that the moment someone realizes that he is in Christ, he becomes a new creation. New creation reflects itself by new pattern of thoughts and way of life. New creation longs for spiritual food like a baby craves for milk. New creation begins to rejoice in what pleases God and weeps for what persecutes Christ.
With new order of life, new challenges begin to appear in our lives. Its imperative that a child of God allows the work of God to finish in him in order to walk under the new way of life. New order demands full submission as Paul says 1Cor.9:27, “I beat my body to bring it under complete submission”. Every believer is supposed to imitate this attitude for following Christ is a daily exercise that needs not only our willingness but also full participation of our mind, thoughts, and other members of the body.
Unless a child of God is determined to follow Christ with full devotion and renewed state of mind, he wont be able to finish the mark for which God has called him in Christ. The one who keeps looking back won’t get anywhere.
Turning into new order that Christ has set aside for us is a life long journey but it begins reflecting through a renewed state of mind and other members of the body.
Renewed mind that’s been captured by the beauty of Christ constantly examines the thoughts to evaluate if they come from Jesus or somewhere else. A child of God who is empowered by renewed mind takes captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. If this exercise is not followed diligently, the mind becomes a battle field of flesh and spirit, that puts the child of God in a restless situation. Unless there is peace in the members of body, Spiritual blessings will not find a way to manifest in the lives of believers.
Renewed mind opens our eyes to see who we are in Christ. Renewed mind reminds the believer that he is no less than a precious child of God, washed in the precious blood of the lamb and bought for a price, hence is priceless before God the father. A child of God needs to carry this identity all the times lest the enemy tries to tempt and steal the identity by saying “If you are a child of God, why you are going through so much in your life while others are leading a comfortable life.”
Renewed mind under the power of the Holy Spirit knows his authority and controls the mouth, tongue and other members of the body thus offers perfect praise to most high God as Paul says in Romans 12:1, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”
Renewed mind knows the voice of the Lord and doesn’t take heed to the deception and lie of the enemy.
New wine can’t be put into old wineskin nor new law of spirit can rule over someone who walks under the old order of things. Lets embrace the new order and seek the Lord in the newness of heart, mind and spirit.