When we become followers of Jesus, we become a new creation. Some of us have an extraordinary new birth story while others may only remember the quiet pull of God to a life lived in grace. Either way as it says in 2 Corinthians “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” One of the great marks of the life of Jesus in the Christian is the old life no longer satisfies. Charles Spurgeon put it this way:
“If you are renewed by grace, and were to meet your old self, I am sure you would be very anxious to get out of his company. “No,” say you, “No, sir, I cannot accompany you.” “Why, you used to swear!” “I cannot now.” “Well, but,” says he, “You and I are very near companions.” “Yes, I know we are, and I wish we were not. You are a deal of trouble to me every day. I wish I could be rid of you for ever.” “But,” says Old Self, “you used to drink very well.” “Yes, I know it. I know you did, indeed, Old Self. You could sing a song as merrily as any one. You were ringleader in all sorts of vice, but I am no relation of yours now. You are of the old Adam, and I of the new Adam. You are of your old father, the devil; but I have another—my Father, who is in heaven.” I tell you, brethren, there is no man in the world you will hate so much as your old self, and there will be nothing you will so much long to get rid of as that old man who once was dragging you down to hell, and who will try his hand at it over and over again every day you live, and who will accomplish it yet, unless that divine grace which has made you a new man shall keep you a new man even to the end. Good Rowland Hill, in his “Village Dialogues,” gives the Christian, whom he describes in the first part of the book, the name of Thomas Newman. Every man who goes to heaven must have the name of new-man. We must not expect to enter there unless we are created anew in Christ Jesus.”
Every one of us must be born anew in Christ and through the grace of God put the old self to death. Every now and then the old self seems to rear its ugly head and attempt to put us back in the ways we once left, but by the grace of almighty God, through the power of the cross of Jesus Christ, the old is gone and the new has come. May everyone of us find our given name (given by Christ) to be Newman.
Do you know this struggle between the old you and the new you?
Where do you find the strength to overcome that old voice?