Written by: Eric Vaas

Morning and Evening Meditation

2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Pray:  Lord, help me to remember that I am made new in you! My old life has “passed away” according to your Word. I do not have to relive the past.

Devotional

I have an old house, and especially during the spring rains, I get water in the basement. Now that isn’t a problem usually. I just have to be sure that my jury-rigged sump pump is working and it collects the water from the sump pit and spews it out onto the driveway.  Last year we had a tremendous downpour that lasted for some time, and I neglected to check the pump to be sure that it was working. In the morning, I awoke to about 3 inches of water in the basement. The problem was the pump had been too close to the side wall of the pit and the float jammed preventing it from turning on. I lost our washing machine, but I replaced it knowing we were about due soon for a new one and had gotten our money’s worth out of the water-logged one. I also lost a treadmill because of the water damage to the two motors and electric components. That treadmill had been a gift for my wife Becky, and I had done my share of replacing worn parts on it to keep it in good shape for her. That treadmill sat in my basement for months as I wrestled with the decision to buy all of the replacement parts needed to get it working again or not. The problem for me was that those parts came close to the original purchase price.  I was so irritated by my lack of forethought to go and check on that sump pump! If only I would have checked on it, I would have saved myself lots of money and effort and self-inflicted guilt. Finally, after talking with Becky, we decided that it wasn’t worth repairing, so my daughter and I hauled it out to the street. Within minutes someone stopped and picked it up. I even helped him load it into his vehicle.  The funny thing was, I had such a sense of release when it was gone. You see, every time I went to the basement that water-logged treadmill sat there, mocking me…reminding me of my failure to check the pump, and that I, and no one else, was responsible for its condition. Having it out of the house brought a certain amount of emotional freedom.

Sometimes in my mind I wander back to some of the foolish things I did in my younger days and those thoughts are like that treadmill in my basement, reminding me of my failures, and taunting me with the “how could you have ever done THAT” types of thoughts. It is then that I have to stop and remind myself that the Word of God tells me that Christ died for me while I was a sinner! Because I am in Christ, I am a new creation! Old things in my life have passed away and I am a new creation! What great freedom we all have in that truth, if we will just allow it to sink into our spirits! We need to get that old treadmill out of our basements and kick it to the curb once and for all!

Question

Look back over your last week. Are you still reliving your past mistakes? Are you remembering someone else’s mistakes?

Prayer Challenge

Thank the Lord for His forgiveness, and that at the point of our salvation, we became a new creation in Christ!

Next Step

Write out 2 Corinthians 5:17 and keep it where it can be an easily seen as a reminder of being a new creation!