Closet clean-outs can be so satisfying. Getting rid of clothes that no longer fit can help make space for the things we really need—and like—in our closets. Instead of a cluttered and chaotic closet bursting at the seams with clothes that don’t really suit us, we see a space well-ordered with things that are functional and beautiful to us.
Getting rid of old things to make room for new things is a lot like how our walk with Jesus goes. In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new.”
Once we put our trust in Jesus, we become new creations! And some of our old ways of life don’t fit us anymore once we become Christians. So, it’s kind of like Jesus takes us shopping. He gives us new attitudes, new habits, and new desires to clothe ourselves in—and these new ways of life suit us much better.
Are you putting on the things Jesus has given you for your new Christian life— things like kindness and self-control? Or are there some old habits and attitudes that you’re still hanging on to? Jesus wants to replace old habits and attitudes with something far better. Those old, selfish desires don’t fit you anymore. Instead, since you are already “God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved” (Colossians 3:12), look to Jesus to fill your life with His love, peace, and joy. • A. W. Smith
• Why is it important to remember that Jesus is the One who makes us new—not anything we do or don’t do? (Ephesians 2:8-10)
• According to Galatians 5:22-23, what are some of the fruits that the Holy Spirit produces in our lives once we know Jesus?
• How have you seen Jesus bring about change in yourself and in other Christians? Consider taking a moment to celebrate this work by thanking God in the space below!
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (WEB)