… Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come – 2 Corinthians 5:17
When you look at the words “new creature,” what comes to mind? If you have watched comics and cartoons in the past, those fictional characters will always turn into some kind of monsters or mutants. Even Tom and Jerry can become monsters in some of the episodes.
Does this mean God wants us to turn into some kind of immortal mutant with supernatural powers?
The answer is both yes and no. I will first explain the no.
Obviously, it is not God’s will to make us a mutated generation. While it may be cool to fly across the high-rise buildings in New York City like Spider-Man, we were not designed for this kind of purpose.
2 Corinthians 5:17 verse says if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature. The old things passed away and new things have come. In other words, when you are in Christ, you have become a new person. Does that mean you change your fashion and the way you look? It is more than that. It is more like a change of heart.
You may have been a very impulsive person but now, you are more patient and calm. You used to like gossiping with your friends but now, you are more encouraging with your words. Like the Apostle Paul, who became a new creature when he had an encounter with Jesus. That encounter turned him from a Christian prosecutor to a church planter.
Back to the question: Why a yes answer, then?
Other than a change in our characters, those who are new in Christ will now have super natural power that comes from God. When you did not know why you were able to get rid of the addiction of gambling, it was God’s strength that worked in you. When you see a sick person was healed in the name of the Lord, it was God who made that come true. When you preached and people responded to the altar call, it was God’s Spirit that changed the atmosphere during the church service. We may say some of the preachers are great but in reality, they were all backed up by God.
So if there is something you would love to change in your life, let us learn to pray and submit the situation to the Lord. This does not mean we can just sit back, relax and God will do something. It means we need to be persistent when it comes to pursuing the will of God.
If your business is struggling to generate consistent sales in the long run, do pray about it. If your marriage is at the verge of divorce and you think there is nothing you can do about it, do pray about it. Our end is always God’s beginning. When we work, we work. When we pray, God works. When God works, you will be amazed with His power demonstrated in our lives.
We may not have flying ability. We may not even have spider webs that help us swing across the city. We just have a God who can perform all kinds of miracles in our lives and that is sufficient for us.
Clement Chee loves scenery photography and traveling. He serves in the youth ministry and owns a preaching website where he shares his insights, sermons, encouragement, and preaching tips. For more information, you can visit http://www.preachingsecrets.com.