Is Your New Man Hiding in Plain Sight?
I’ve heard it (or thought it) more times than I can count:
“I want to see myself as the New Creation I am in Christ… but it’s hard.”
And yes, it being hard is totally true—if you’re looking for the wrong person. (allow me explain…)
We recently celebrated Easter, that glorious morning of an empty tomb. Note the word empty. There was no old Jesus to be discovered, or revived or patched back together. The former earthly Jesus was gone.
And what’s hugely amusing is: As the first New Man (Colossians 1:18), Jesus was hard for His friends to recognize!
At the tomb, He talks to Mary Magdalene and she initially thinks He’s the gardener. The two guys He walks with to Emmaus have no clue who He is until late in the day. Even after the disciples had seen Him a few times after the resurrection, they still didn’t immediately identify the new Jesus while they were fishing.
Why does this keep happening? Possibly because…
It’s hard to recognize the New Man if you’re looking for the old one.
As the angel had asked the women at the tomb, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?” — it’s hard to see the Christ in you when you’re looking in the graveyard of your old man who’s dead. (Colossians 3:3)
Of course, Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever. But how He was with His friends on earth had changed completely – which kind of freaked them out at times. More than once He had to reassure them to “Be at peace.”
You’ll need to look with your New Creation eyes, not your old ones, to find your New Man manifesting in your life.
Our old man lenses are clouded with doubt, fear and worry. Like Saul before he became Paul, traditions and religious ideas may have blinded us to just how amazing Jesus is and how transformed we are and are becoming in Christ.
No wonder Paul prayed this great prayer for…
“ … the eyes of your understanding being enlightened…”
Why? What do we need to see?
“…that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe.”
Okay… how does that happen? By me trying harder to get it right?
“…according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.” Ephesians 1:18-21
So if I’m looking from an earth-bound perspective to discover the fullness of life in Christ, it could be right in front of me, but I won’t see it. I’m looking in a problem-solving graveyard for a Jesus (and me) that is not there!
Jesus is seated above the fray of circumstances and panic. When I inhabit my seat next to Him in worship, praise and thanksgiving, I’ll be able to recognize Him and His ways — because I’m looking with my New Man eyes.
From that place, you’ll begin to discover that those New Man ways are no longer so hidden.
They’re right before you in plain sight.
— Allison Bown
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