All of us were once strangers to righteousness. Holiness was an alien concept to us.
Then we met the One who loved us into life again.
His touch rearranged our DNA.
We began to die in that moment. Our old self was crucified, but our new self came alive.
This intimate knowledge of the Infinite conceived a new life within us.
The resurrection power that raised Christ from the dead was now unleashed within us.
Soon, disobedience to our Abba became strange to us. We became aliens to this world around us.
Who we are now is all that matters. What we once were is not worth mentioning again.
We stand now, as new creations, calling out to the Creator as beloved children made in His image.
We are remade for righteousness.
Our new nature is hard-wired to glorify Him with a clean heart
and lips that speak of grace
and voices that magnify His Holy name
and hands that comfort the broken
and arms that support the weak
with eyes that seek for truth
and ears that listen for the still small voice of One so very big.
You, oh God, are remaking us into a people who are like you,
even though there is no one like you,
and even though
“We have the mind of Christ” [1 Cor. 2:16]
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” [2 Cor. 5:17]
“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” [Phil. 1:6]
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control....and those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” [Gal. 5:22-26]
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” [2 Peter 1:3]