Daily Encouragement: Year 2, Day 53

From Handbook to God’s Promises


The New You
(2 Corinthians 5:17)

The pilgrim adventurers who set sail on the Mayflower from the Port of London in 1620 would be in for a shock if they were to return to that port today. Once called the Isle of Dogs, the former Port of London is today known as Canary Wharf, one of the most successful urban reclamation projects in the world. The docks of London have been transformed from medieval marshland to majestic metroplex—a stunning conglomeration of office towers, restaurants, shopping sites, and commercial hubs.

While this transformation is monumental, the “before and after” effect pales in comparison to the spiritual transformation that occurs in the human being who becomes a Christian. One could imagine the long-ago Londoners exclaiming (on viewing their former homelands), “It’s a new creation!” Those are, of course, the words Paul uses to describe the radical transformation that takes place in the life of a new believer—with one key difference. The Port of London was changed externally over centuries; believers are changed internally and instantaneously. But the difference is no less real! The old is gone and the new has come.

 Did you realize that the landscape of your life was scraped clean and an entirely new “you” was erected when you became a Christian? If you are in Christ, the old is gone and the new has come. The person who believes in Christ today is not the same person who did not believe in Christ yesterday. It’s a new you! 

God’s Promise:
When He sees you in Christ, He sees a new creation.