Starting Over

Playing a video game… mess up. No big deal, just start over.

Don’t you wish life was like that?

At school, mess up - no big deal, just start over.

Hanging with a friend, mess up - no big deal, just start over.

At home with parents, mess up - no big deal, just start over.

There are times we’d all like “a do-over”. There are times we’d like to hit rewind, delete the file, and just start over.

In 2 Corinthians 5:17 Paul tells us that God has an even better option. He says:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

You see, the problem with “mess up - just start over” is that before long, you’ll just find yourself back at “mess up.” It’s better to learn, to grow, to change, to be changed - to entirely avoid “mess up.”

That’s God’s plan - it’s not just start over, it’s learn, grow, change and be changed. That way we don’t end up in the same old “mess up” that we’ve already messed up a hundred times before. I’ve made the same mistakes over and over again. Even when I really didn’t want to.

Sometimes it’s as if I’m stuck. I can’t get free. I do what I don’t want to do.

[Read Romans 6,7 &8 to get a full description and solution to this.]

It’s more than just “learn from your mistakes.” Anyone can do that.

It’s also change and be changed.

Paul says (in Corinthians above) that if we are in Christ
(if we have chosen to recognize that we belong to Christ)
then - there is a sense in which we are remade as a “new creation.” It’s not just start over - as weak as you were before, as messed up as you were.

A new creation is new. Changed. Transformed.

You’ll still look pretty much the same. You might feel pretty much the same too.

Here’s the difference. You’re forgiven. A clean slate. No baggage. No need for guilt.

And - you’ve got the Holy Spirit living in you. Providing new power (and desire) to do right.
And - you have God’s promise that He is working to change you. Submit yourself to Him. Let Him begin to change you. Get free.

-Pastor Cory