The Father is making all things new in our lives, and we are learning to do all things in a new way. And there’s always loads of grace when we are learning new things. God is not interested in rehashing the old because He is not salvaging parts of our old nature and reusing them in our new man.
He has given us newness of life so that we may serve Him in newness of spirit.
Since the beginning, God has wanted a people who, in the midst of their circumstances, could taste His goodness and ultimately be confident in His unchanging nature.
Our purpose and joy is to respond to Him in every life situation because this is how we grow up in Christ. Think of Jesus’ words in John 5:19:
“The Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.”
Jesus responded perfectly to what the Father was creating around and through Him. He always looked for the upgrades the Father had for the situation in front of Him.
As new creations, we get to learn to see, think, speak, walk, and act differently from the world around us.
We are in the world, but not of it because we belong to the Kingdom. Our realm is vastly superior in every way.
Upgrades elevate our lives into a higher state of being in Christ. They bring us to the same level of expectation Jesus enjoyed on Earth and cause us to experience the love God has for initiating new things for us.
Expectation always asks for favor because we now have the advantage to see and think the way Jesus does.
We get to face life in the world by being upgraded in the new man. In Jesus, we have the DNA to receive fulness.
Even though our life situations may not reduce, their purpose is for us to increase; to cause us to claim these upgrades. The world does not get smaller, rather it is us who enlarges to the point of being transformed.
No matter what the world throws at us, the Kingdom compels us to grow up in all things in Jesus.
Enjoy exploring this reality and let me know what you discover!
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