Anakainosiß (greek): A renewal, renovation,
complete change for the better
Don’t ya love before’s and afters? How about those TV shows where they take a house (oh what a miracle could be done with mine!) or a person’s body (no comment) and rapidly renovate them? It’s amazing and delightful to see the results. Dramatic.
With amazement and delight, I’ve seen God radically. rapidly change a few people I’ve known. You too have seen this: the kind of change where you know it’s an “only God!” thing. A friend stopped using meth after giving His life to Jesus, and never used again. Another acquaintance returned to her husband and children after years of adultery, never looking back. Dramatic.
Do you have a radical, rapid before and after story?
I don’t. Many of us don’t. Instead, our soul-renovations happen slowly, not dramatically, like a gradual drip filling a tub.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:
The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV
The Apostle Paul tells us that anyone in Christ is a new creation. Anyone. Even if it doesn’t look like a dramatic one, a renovation has indeed occurred, because of the cross.
Because of the cross, we are reborn. Set right. Washed clean yet outwardly looking the same. The before and after taking place in our hearts as God regenerates us and presents us our ticket to eternity.
Because of the cross, God sees us as new. He views us as perfectly renovated. As we respond to the gift of grace, we change (however slowly) in heart, thought, actions and perspective.
Often times, the familiar tune of discouragement plays as I look at the restoration still needing to take place in me. I grow weary as I measure the snail’s pace of progress. Then I pause, recalling that change has occurred over these years of walking with God. My after is progressing, however imperfectly. I think of the cross, how God views me: perfectly renovated.
Celebrate your own Before’s and Afters this spring. As you appreciate God’s handiwork in creation, remember my friend, you too are His handiwork being made new.
And honestly, the icing on my renovation cake would be having a Home TV program show up here at Saatzerville to work a miracle (she thinks as she glances at the water spotted ceiling and peeling paint…).
~Looking back on your own renovation, how has God changed you? How are you different in your perspective, actions and thoughts?
~In what area is He currently renewing you?
~Thank Him for even the smallest changes. The baby steps.
~Thank Him for the Cross, your ticket to eternity.
~Renew yourself yet again, dedicating yourself to your Saviour.