In living our daily lives, we as Christians must remember that we are a new creation. We cannot continue to live as we did in our old life, but must accept, embrace, and become the new.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, behold, all things have become new.
~ 2 Corinthians 5:1 ~
There are many parts to this ‘becoming new’ process, and here are a few. First, our mind. What we think about, what we focus on, and what we put most of our mental energy into must be for Christ. There is a saying that goes something like, “think about where your mind goes when it wanders, because that is what you care about most.” Guarding ones thoughts is just as important as anything else, for they can and will lead to words and actions. This leads to our new body. True, we have the same physical body, but a new spiritual one residing in it. We must now use and respect it like the temple of the Lord that it is. Next is our hearts, which, as the Psalmist says, is the wellspring of life. If it is not made new, our emotions, devotions, and core of our life will fall prey to the divisive things of this world that desire our hearts. And not for good, mind you, but to destroy us along with the life and love that comes from our hearts. Lastly, our soul. We are no longer kept in control of the devil and his schemes, he has no control over our eternity. God does, though, and always will. By becoming new, we acknowledge the spiritual warfare that we are a part of and join in the fight. With all this explained, here are my instructions: remember that we are made new in Christ, and live out that change. Do not continue to live as before. Our bodies, minds, hearts, and souls are not unchanged once we join with Christ, but they are renewed in Him and for Him.