When my husband and I were in our first two years of our marriage, my aunt and uncle gave us some of their old furniture. The furniture was in great shape and some of it is still in use by us (so many years later). Some of the pieces they gave us was a couch and two chairs that they had in their family room. The frame was still in good shape; however, the upholstery was outdated. My father-in-law reupholsters furniture, so we picked out some new material to put on the furniture. The material was cream colored and I pictured it to be put to use in our living room, where we would entertain company or host our small groups. Once it was done, I saw how perfect it would be for that use! It was no longer suitable for the family room (or TV room) where people would be eating popcorn and snacks while watching a movie and the cream colored upholstery would become stained. This furniture now had a new purpose. The furniture had been bought in the 1960's, so with the new upholstery on it and put to use in the 1990's, many people thought we had bought some new modern furniture. Overall, it was the same furniture - it was just renewed and re-purposed. God does that with us as well. When we come to accept Christ as our Savior and choose to follow Him, we are given new life and a new purpose. Please use the link and read 2 Corinthians 5:16-18.
We are told that when we come to Christ, we are a new creation. That is incredible! Physically, we are still in our bodies; however, in our spirits we are new. These verses in particular focus on our thinking and how we view others. We no longer should be regarding people from a human perspective, we should be viewing them as people who God deeply loves. We should be viewing people as those who God so desperately wants to see a part of His family. We are a new creation! We no longer need to look at the world and judge their actions; after all, if the world doesn't know Christ, how could they possibly be empowered to live a life that honors Him? We shouldn't be surprised and upset when the world falters in its sin. Instead, we should view the world as part of our mission and understand how much it is hurting. We are told in 2 Corinthians 5:18 that God gave us the ministry of bringing people to Him - not a ministry of judgement.
This new life is supposed to change our thinking and view of the world so that we will bring more people into God's kingdom. He wants us to share the joy we have in His grace with the world. That truly is a new way of thinking with the new life we have been given. We are no longer focused on ourselves and comparing ourselves with everyone else. We compare ourselves to the perfect standard Christ demonstrated for us and reach out and love others.
How are you living out your new purpose - your new life?
This post is linked with Faith Filled Friday.