Week 8 Word: A New Creation
Week 8 Text: 2 Corinthians 5:17
Written By: Andrea Ferrell
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV)
Who doesn’t love new things?
A new home? Paint color? Car? Boyfriend? Nail color?
What about a new season? For those of us who live in the Midwest and endure–or embrace– the changing seasons, spring may be the most refreshing season of all. After icy winter (whose most beautiful days often come in the form of hazardous snow), spring brings renewal. New life.
A new creation.
Many of the new things of spring are simple (but not really that simple, if left to ponder): plants, animals and insects coming back to life, things that have been dormant for the winter months. Spring breaths new life into them.
What was DEAD, has come ALIVE.
This is a theme we see throughout the Bible. God makes DEAD things come ALIVE. Beginning in Genesis 1, we see God, from nothing, make all of creation. Then we see death enter the world as sin, and God kills an animal to provide a life-giving covering for Adam and Eve. Fast forward to that time God put on human flesh and sacrificed Himself– DEAD on the cross — and then rose ALIVE again. Conquering death once and for all.
Jesus, the spring to our sin situation. Jesus, the season changer.
Jesus, the bringer of life to dead things.
Dear sister, when we turn our DEAD (full of sin, destined to hell) stone hearts to Him, we receive a new, fleshly, moldable, ALIVE heart (Ezekiel 36:26). We have had a heart transplant. The cavity that once housed a heart of stone is now filled with God Himself– the Holy Spirit.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV)
Not only is God continually performing individual “heart transplants” across the world, He is also renewing ALL of creation back to His original design. With every soul that turns to Him, every act done to the least of these, every prayer laid before His throne, every seed DYING and breaking to becoming ALIVE, every baby born, every sunrise and sunset—all of creation is shouting His praise! He is renewing the face of the Earth.
You, beloved daughter of God, are part of His redemptive plan to return the DEAD of this world ALIVE again (John 7:38)!
We can celebrate the newness that spring brings. We can even celebrate the newness of a new purse. But let us not miss out on celebrating the newness of our transplanted heart…over and over and over again.
1. Can you think of any other Bible stories of when God took something dead and made it alive again? Share them with us today in the comments so we can learn from each other.
2. Draw a picture that represents what it looks like to have a heart of stone and then a heart of flesh.
3. Read John 7:38 and tell yourself out loud, “I AM NEW CREATION, AND OUT OF MY HEART FLOW RIVERS OF LIVING WATER!”
Now go into the rest of your day knowing that you are carrier of God Himself (the Holy Spirit) into the dry and parched world.