“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
My oldest son Brady is starting to do some more difficult math right now in fourth grade. His father is a history teacher and his mother a reading specialist. Most of the time we pray our children will be able to figure it out themselves. Our kids are out of luck if they want any help from us! We pretty much top out at second grade math.
Tonight, Brady needed help with fractions which were always my nemesis. It was surprising though when I looked at the problem how fast it all came back to me. I was actually able to help him. Score! I was even ready to give myself a smiley face!
Sometimes we label ourselves as bad at something and never take that same label off. Even if it’s no longer true. Even after we are all grown up, we carry around these labels. When Brady tells me he needs help with math homework, I automatically panic. Why? Because I’m bad at math. But really am I that bad? I managed to make it through college and did OK in it. Sure it wasn’t advanced calculus but still, I passed. Or when someone asks me to pray aloud for someone else. I panic. Why? Because I’ve always been bad at praying aloud. But really I don’t think I’m so awful at that either anymore.
We don’t always have to stay the same. We can change. Labels that we carry around about ourselves can be torn off and tossed away.
And that’s what is so marvelous about Jesus Christ. He looks past the old labels. Once we accept Him as our Lord and Savior we become a new creation. He forgives us of all of the bad, the ugly, and the shame. He even gifts us with a new label.
And this label calls us God’s Children.
What labels do you carry around about yourself that can be ripped off because God loves you? What pain can be given to Jesus to take care of? What fears can be overcome? Pray to God to take them away. He is always here to take on our burdens.
He is always here to remind us that we are His Masterpiece.
The old has gone and the new has come.