A Prince is Born
I was lying in bed this morning and started thinking about the little prince that was born over in England. The whole world rejoiced at the birth of the Prince of Cambridge. It occurred to me that he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He will have everything he needs in his life. All his needs will be met. But even with all of these privileges this young prince will have to learn how to act, walk, speak, smile and even eat like a prince. These behaviors do not come naturally just because he was born into a royal household.
The same is true for believers when they are born again. The Angles and all of Heavens residents rejoice when one sinner gives his/her life over to Jesus Christ. But we do not know how to walk like Jesus even though we are born again into the Royal Heavenly Household. Each of us must learn to walk the new life in Christ. And as we learn we find that we have no desire for the things we did as sinners.
Paul says it pretty clear here:
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12: 1-2
Paul urges those who read and hear his letter to respond to the good news by offering their "bodies, eyes, ears, mouths, hands, feet" to God as a "living sacrifice". Paul knows well enough that sacrifices end in death, not life. But the sacrifice of Jesus changes everything. His resurrection steals victory from death and makes it possible for those who trust in Him to become a sacrifice and yet live. But how do we live? We do not live as before, wrapping ourselves in the world and its bankrupt values. We live in constant renewal and transformation of our minds. The Voice (VOICE)
Your life does not change just because you are born again. Yes your spirit is now a new man but the flesh still wants to do the things that came natural to the old sinner you were. Still you are a new creation in Christ Jesus.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5 17-18
So how do we now walk in this newness of life? We need to renew our mind to the Word of God. How do we do this? We meditate on the word of God. When the enemy comes and brings our past and our faults we can respond to the enemy with the power of God's Word. We can say Hey Devil! I am a new creation in Christ I don't live in the past anymore. I'm washed with the precious blood that Christ Jesus shed just for me.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! And furthermore 19: God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)