Therefore, if anyone [is] in Christ, [he is] a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV
Being filled with the Spirit means emptying myself. Maybe an illustration would help (I’m a visual learner, so forgive me if this is too elementary).
My little brother took on a massive project a couple of years ago. He is a master craftsman and he bought himself a fixer-upper. A real doozy. Not the kind that you update appliances and slap on some new paint. The kind that most people run away from.
He gutted it. I mean stripped the thing bare and started fresh. Walls were moved. The floor plan is entirely new. Electrical completely replaced. Plumbing redone. Everything redone. And it is gorgeous. I mean WOW.
I think sometimes as Christians we think that now we can be the best version of ourselves. We think that we’re a minor fixer-upper, when the truth is, we need gutted. Jesus isn’t into slapping on new wallpaper and then calling it a day. He has plans to make us entirely new.
When I read that I am a new creation in Christ, I think of this project my brother took on. He could have done something easier. He could have just fixed the cosmetics, made that house a better version of what it was. But all the deep problems would have remained. Bad plumbing. Dangerous electrical. Dysfunctional design.
He didn’t do that. He took a property he loved and applied his vision to it. He made it new—from the gut and bones out.
Sometimes I think, ‘hey, there’s some good stuff in me. God can work with that.’ But He’s got a perfect vision for what He wants in me and from me. And, if I’m really honest, it’s gonna require some gutting. Glup. But again, if I’m honest, I want to be that new creation—that perfect vision he has for me.
So, this morning, I chose to empty myself, Jesus. Fill me with your Spirit and make me new again.