Our garden is a new creation. We had a nice garden before, I think so anyway, but it wasn’t child or dog friendly, so we’ve had some work done. A huge amount of soil has been removed, two tiers have become one, and we now have a completely different garden. Some of it is the same, obviously. We have the same fence, garage, shed, conservatory, but there are significant changes inside. The outside perimeter is the same, but the inside is completely different.
Did you know that you could be a new creation, or a new person? You may look the same on the outside but on the inside you can be completely different. It’s an appealing scenario to me, because I see that it’s on the inside where everything needs changing. Not everyone sees it that way of course. There’s a multi-million pound industry making its money by trying to improve the outside, whether it’s through make up, fitness, body modification or whatever. That’s all well and good, but it’s the inside that really counts, our heart and soul, but yet no one makes much money by trying to improve those, ask any psychiatrist, psychologist or counsellor.
God isn’t interested in improving the inside. He knows more than anybody that it’s a lost cause. Don’t misunderstand me. The work of psychiatrists etc. is very important, helping many a troubled mind, but however good these people are they can’t deal with sin. Sin is so bad, so destructive, it needs to be completely removed. No one can do that; except one. His name is Jesus. He lived on earth 2000 years ago, but his real home is in heaven where he lived alongside his Father and the Holy Spirit as co-equals, one God in three persons. Jesus left heaven and came to earth to die, which is an attested historical fact, it happened. He was crucified just outside Jerusalem to deal with the problem of sin once and for all. Once he had done so he cried out from the Cross, “It is finished!” (1) and then he died. He was buried in a tomb but rose from the dead after three days. Christians celebrate this wonderful event every year at a time called Easter.
Sin destroys. Sin kills. Sin brings death to the human race. The Bible says, “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins.” (2) That’s true for all of us. Sin has killed us spiritually so that we can never have a relationship with God or spend eternity with him. We have a dreadful future ahead of us, but thankfully, the same Bible book that tells us we are dead in ours sins goes on to say, “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions —it is by grace you have been saved.” (3) We may be dead because of our sins but we can be made alive again. The Bible calls this being born again, and I’m sure you’ve heard of born again Christians. It’s often used in a derogatory way, but being born again is the only way we can get right with God, and avoid the dreadful future I’ve mentioned. There is another Bible book which says, “Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new. God has done it all!” (4)
Wouldn’t you love to be a new person, able to leave behind all the bad things you’ve done, knowing that God has forgiven you, and made you new? Yes, you’ll look the same outwardly, but that doesn’t alter the fact that you could be a brand new person, a person who can have a wonderful, fulfilling life now, and an eternal life filled with nothing but good. It’s yours if you accept that Jesus died to take away your sins, and give you the opportunity to live a happy life in service to God.
- John 19:30
- Ephesians 2:1
- Ephesians 2:4,5
- 2 Corinthians 5:17