People often say, “there’s nothing like that new car smell.” Angela and I used to say “there’s nothing like that new baby smell.” There’s something special about something new. My Dad and I have had this debate: I don’t buy new cars because I don’t want to eat the depreciation; he doesn’t buy used cars because he doesn’t want to inherit anyone’s problems.
Eventually, though, newness wears off. Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon said, “…don’t get addicted to shiny because shiny doesn’t last.” That is, it wears off in the natural. In Christ, newness never ends!
(Romans 6:4 ESV) 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Walking in the newness of life means to have newness in perpetuity. Being in Jesus never gets old.
I’ve heard people say, “I’m weary of walking with Christ.” That’s because they stopped walking in the newness of unconditional Love and Grace and started walking in religion. Religion gets old because it’s man-made. Religion gets old because it is accidental on the part of the believer (falling in love with Jesus…) and fatalistic on God’s part (He will do what He will do).
Nothing that God puts his hands to gets old. God ages things for the purpose of maturity but, the Old Testament showed us that both Abraham (Genesis 25:8) and Moses (Deuteronomy 34:7) died with all their faculties intact. Even the clothing and shoes of the children of Israel did not wear out in the wilderness (Deuteronomy 29:5)
Another reason why folks grow weary in Christ is because they are new wine that is poured into old wineskins — That is, they are saved by Grace then discipled by the law. Jesus pointed out the danger of this in Matthew 9:17. As my dear friend Ed Delph says, you have to have a new “mind-skin” before getting a new “wineskin.” You cannot enjoy the beauty of newness when your stuck in old things. This is why Paul told us that we must be consistently renewing our minds — getting rid of old thinking and lining up our souls with our born-again (perpetually-new) spirits.
One of the most awesome things for a disciple of Christ to realize is that, in the new birth, we have become something brand new — something that never existed before:
(2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV) 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
When the new comes in Christ, it comes to stay. God’s newness never departs but we have to guard our hears and minds to ensure that our perception of it never changes.
We walk in newness because Jesus gave us a new Commandment: Love…
(John 13:34-35 ESV) 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
It is important to have a New Commandment for a New Covenant because the New Covenant is the key to New Life! We no longer have to struggle with rules, regulations, and rituals because we have the revelation of rest in His Love. When we walk in Love, we walk in newness; When we walk in Grace, we walk in His fullness!
(1 John 4:17 ESV) 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.
Walking in newness means walking in rest; walking without stress.
When your past tries to influence your future, remind your past that it has no future!
Keep moving forward!
The reason your windshield is bigger than your rearview mirror is because where you’re going is more important than where you’ve been.
Keep moving ahead!
There’s a reason prognosticators are more valued than historians because it’s more important to know where you’re going than where you’ve been.
Tell the world, your naysayers, and the devil that you will not be defined by your past because God has designed your future.
© 2016 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)