“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
-2 Corinthians 5:17
So you made the decision to be a Christian. Congrats!!! That is a huge step and is not to be taken lightly. You are made new as you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. If you are anything like me it is hard to accept this new you. It is not that you don’t realize you are made new. I think it has to do with learning that you don’t have to act and think the way you did before you were a Christian. It’s an extreme change that has happened so don’t be surprised as you learn more about who you were born to be.
It can be a real revelation to learn that we don’t have to act the way we use to be when we were unsaved. Why is this so hard to implement into our lives? I’ve come to three reasons:
- The noise of our lives is hard to ignore. You know the noise that fills you with doubt and drowns your hope that you are made new.
- Physical habits. We are made new spiritually so we have new tools that our body hasn’t gotten use to yet. It takes practice to retrain your body–it is a process to renew your mind.
- The Devil! He wants you to fail and to second guess your identity in Christ.
The real truth is that this new creation that scripture points to is more spiritual than it is physical. As you become a new creation in Christ you now posses tools that you can now use to overcome physical and spiritual ailments.
Now think about the tools in your kitchen or garage. If you don’t use them they will get rusty and dusty. Also, if you refuse to use these tools they become more like decoration to a title. Then you forget how to use them.
The same applies to the tools you acquire when you become a Christian. At times there will be so many tools you won’t know where to start. My suggestion is to start small. Be aware of the three bulleted items mentioned above and start reading the Bible. It is your greatest tool.
While reading the Bible sounds overwhelming I suggest starting out small if you feel lost as to where you should start reading. Get a study bible because they will give you some background information of what the text is talking about. There are many study guides that can help you with where to start if starting in Genesis sounds too daunting.
There is no wrong way to read the Bible and even though I suggest starting in Genesis you can start in the New Testament as well. The New Testament includes the Gospels which are personal accounts/personal testimony of Jesus’ life. One of my personal favorites is the book of John.
Whatever is your favorite the most important thing is just starting.