Bible Devotions

Priorities Change With This New Life

on May 19, 2011

2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”  While we have become new creations the moment we trusted Jesus Christ to save us, everything in our life doesn’t change that quickly.   

 

Depending on when you came to Christ, you may have some bad habits to break before the new godly habits can form.  I came to Christ at the age of 32, so I knew how to live my life under my own control.  Learning how to live under the Holy Spirit’s control may take some time to get used to.   

 

I lived my life for me and what was best for me, as I’m sure most people do before they learn a different way.  I was in control over everything I did.  I decided what I would and wouldn’t do.  Does this sound familiar?  I believe this is how we are by nature, caring only for our self.   

 

When Christ comes into our heart, things change.  Where we once thought only of our self, now we consider how our actions affect others around us.  Let me give you an example from my life.  I used to do things for me such as crafts, scrap-booking and other hobbies.  While these weren’t bad themselves, they did take me away from my family.  Essentially they became more important and a higher priority than my own family.  There was the problem.  So those things lost their interest and family was restored to the proper perspective when Christ came into my life.  I still do those activities, but now I do them with a set amount time that doesn’t interfere with family time.   

 

Luke 9:23 NKJV records Jesus saying “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”  For me one way of denying myself was to say no to activities that took me away from my family.   I love how Luke has the word “daily” in his account of what Jesus said.  It’s a reminder we need to die to self daily.  It’s not a once in life deal like salvation, but rather it’s a daily choice we need make.   

 

Thanks to God for giving us the Holy Spirit who helps provide the boundaries we need in learning to deny self.  Boundaries are like guardrails that keep you on the road, rather than driving off a cliff.  Learning to listen to the Holy Spirit’s prompting means we’ll be right where God wants us to be.  That’s a great place to be.    

 

Next time you’re eager to start an activity, ask yourself a couple questions.  Will with build up my relationships with others or take me away from them? Will completing this activity help others or me?  Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you in your decision.  You can’t go wrong when you listen to Him.  Rest assured your decision will be honoring to God and helpful to others around you.   

 

Lord Jesus, thank you for sending your spirit to live in us.  Thank you for your prompting to teach us how to live for you and to be a help to others.  Help us choose our activities with your discernment, denying self and following you.  Thank you for making us new creations in you.  In your name we pray. Amen.

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