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New Versus Old 

New things are exciting and keep us interested in life. It doesnít take long to know that new things also come with a fresh and familiar experience because it soon turns old and useless.  Even the new things soon become the old hat that will eventually wear out with use. We become so accustomed to things that wears out with use and what was once new today becomes tomorrowís trash. Keeping things new becomes a vicious circle in this life because there is always something around the corner needing to be replaced. This never-ending cycle creates an incentive to look for things that last longer.

The newness of anything usually refers to its time of origin when it was first introduced into our life. Why is that cars never grow old, they become used?  Stranger a used car is considered a new car when it was recently bought. It may be a car we have not seen before, experienced its handling or discovered its potential use. Simply put the new car came into your life a short time ago.

Becoming old is when you know you were responsible for the scratches and dents on your watch but canít remember when they happened. It has become old when the first time this thing affected your life in an negative manner and that was way back in the past. All you know is that it has been around for a long time. Like the polished pocketknife youíve carried most of your life, it shows the physical characteristics of age. Itís the white hair, the wisdom acquired during your lifetime and the cane that shows the effects of aging while growing old. However you will never know how old you are until most of your friends have been laid to rest.

As Christians we sing ďGive Me That Old Time ReligionĒ when the old time religion is really never was out-of-date, but what you remembered you havenít experienced for a while.  Instead we should be seeking a fresh, touch from God that keeps our relationship new and alive. The old time religion speaks of a former time when our relation with God new and exciting, the problem is that we havenít done anything to renew that experience.  The cross is the point where we began with our relationship with Christ, but Christians need to grow.  Children are expected to grow in size and learn how to live with other people. In the same way, a relationship with God must grow and mature over time through our experiences with God. 

Paul spoke of shedding the old man and restoring our minds to the new man of God.

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; Ephesians 4:22-23 and Colossians 3:9-10.

Paul referred to this change as being transformed by renewing the mind. Renewing your mind considers that God thinks differently than men do. The need to develop a new and lasting relationship with God requires that you to learn to think speak and act in ways approved by God.  Paul continues to write it is your spiritual act of worship to know and approve of Godís good and perfect will. (See Romans 12:1-2)

Relationships can become stagnant if you do nothing to keep in touch. What make your relationship with God new and fresh are the frequent and recent experiences with God. This includes doing things together for the wellbeing of those God loves. It is not unusual when God revives your spirit with that special touch rewarding you for obeying him.  You might even say when he answers your prayers what he excites you by doing more than you expected. 

As Christians we expect soon to have a new home, a new place prepared in advance of our arrival at heaven. Currently we are sojourners that are traveling this world on the way to our heavenly home. Although we are sojourners, we know that we do not have a righteousness of our own and we know that we cannot go directly to heaven in our own power. Because of this, every Christian relies on Godís promise for Jesus Christ to come again and take us to our celestial home.

On that day the old order of things will pass away and Jesus is going to make all things new. On that day we will drink without cost from the spring of the water of life that flows from our fatherís throne. Once again man will have access to the tree of life and see the face of God.

The Christian life is filled with the newness life. We have a new covenant in the blood of Jesus Christ (Luke 22:20). A new command to love one another as Christ loved us (John 13:34). We have new birth and have become a new creation in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17). God has made a new heaven and a new earth, the New Jerusalem and given us a new song to sing and a new name, which only we know.

New things are great, but when the new comes, the old is discarded. Our old way of life was corrupted by deceitful desires and we must put on the new man.  This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority (2 Peter 2:10). Their character has been utterly perverted by the concern for oneís life and the desire for money and the pleasure that robs them of the truth. The old man is foolish because he does not seek the knowledge that can save him from the certainty of spending eternity in the lake of fire.

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