What Kind of New Creation Are You?

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. – 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

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When I read this verse, I always think of the scene from Toy Story 2, when Woody gets a makeover from the greedy, bearded guy.

I picture God placing me carefully on his workbench. Then he repaints my scuff marks, sews up all my torn places, and gives my eyeballs a shine. Sign me up, right?!

But what if God is more of a Paula Deen than a toy restorer? See, He’s much more interested in creating sweet concoctions that feed others than in waxing eyeballs.

So what does that mean for me?

It means that I’ll be tumbled in a bowl with all the other ingredients; maybe even disappear and become unrecognizable as I’m blended in.

Maybe some of the other ingredients are a bit rough around the edges, like chopped nuts. Or maybe some ingredients are bitter if you taste them individually. But together, we blend into a concoction that has just the desired flavor and nutritional value.

And then, just as the world stops spinning and things begin to settle, I’ll be poured into a container that has just the right capacity and shape. The Master Baker will come along and ensure that I’m spread evenly and no cracks remain unfilled.

And then, then things will start to heat up.

As the heat rises, I can feel myself really changing. Not just “coat of paint” changing, but recreating on a cellular level. My Father-Chef ensures that the heat never gets hot enough to scorch and that I’m left in long enough that my center won’t be gooey.

A perfect batch, that’s what He produces every time. And even if I disappeared in the process, the fact that I am part of something so nourishing and delicious fills me with gratitude.

Then I realize that this completely new creation was what He had in mind all along, way back when Paul penned those words to the Corinthians.

And when Jesus prayed:

I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.” – John 17:20-21

Father in Heaven, Help me to surrender to the new creation process You have in mind, instead of just an eyeball shining. Thank You for loving me enough to hold Your patience with me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen…


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Shelly

8 Comments on “What Kind of New Creation Are You?

    • I would love to join, Kelsey! Thanks for the invite! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  1. A brand new creation, one that never was before – not a remodeled. Such a blessing to know we are not who we once were, that person is gone and the new is come. Thanks for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.
    Hazel Moon recently posted…When Will the Shoe Drop?My Profile

    • So glad you came by, Hazel! It’s always a pleasure. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  2. Thanks so much for linking up with #TestimonyTuesday, Shelly! I love your analogy and this really caught my attention: “And even if I disappeared in the process, the fact that I am part of something so nourishing and delicious fills me with gratitude.” I must be less so that He can be more!
    Holly+Barrett recently posted…Testimony Tuesday: What’s in a name?My Profile

    • Yes, Holly! I love that scripture! Thanks for your comment. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    • So glad the words He gave me hit home with you, Sarah Jo! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

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