“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
– 2 Corinthians 5:17
Glow-Up: Noun. The complete transformation of a person’s appearance for the better.
This whole idea of going through a “glow-up” is one that has become almost an obsession for our culture. These dramatic transformations have been the center of YouTube videos, TV shows, blog posts, and entire social media feeds. While this term is used almost exclusively for one’s looks, as Christians our entire lives go through a “glow-up” level transformation and it is definitely for our betterment.
Paul writes about this transformation in 2 Corinthians 5:17. He tells the church of Corinth that if anyone is a Christian their lives are now different. Paul tells them that they are a completely new creation and that the old is gone. We see from this verse that as believers in Christ our lives undergo a transformation. So what changes in our lives when we become a Christian?
Romans 8:14-17 shows us that we are now children of God and coheirs with Jesus. In 1 Thessalonians 5:5, we see that we are no longer of darkness, but are rather children of light. 1 Corinthians 12:27 tells us we are part of the body of Christ. In 1 Peter 2:9, we see that we are part of a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and God’s special possession. Romans 6:6 tells us that our old selves were crucified with Christ so that we should no longer be slaves to sin.
It’s clear to see throughout scripture that through Christ, a transformation has taken place in our lives. The question we must ask is “do our lives reflect this change?” Are we living as God’s special possession? Are we walking as children of light, or do we continue to dwell in darkness? Do we truly believe that we are children of God? Are you allowing sin to continue to keep you enslaved under its grip? We must ask ourselves these questions, and we must be honest with ourselves. If we are continuing to live as our past selves, I must ask “why?” Why would we continue to strive as the old creation when we see that we are made new? Why would we continue to stumble through the darkness when we can step out into the light? Why would we continue to live as slaves of fear when we can walk in the freedom of Christ? Let’s embrace the spiritual glow-up we can all have in Jesus because that transformation is truly for the better!
Pray and thank God that He has made you a new creation and His child. Ask Him to help you rest in this new identity. Praise Him for the fact that you are no longer a slave to sin. Lastly, ask God for His guidance as you strive to live as a child of the light.
If you have never placed your faith in Christ and want to experience this transformation in your life, you can contact our church and ask us about making that decision. We’d love to talk to you about it.
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First Baptist Broken Arrow | Community Baptist Coweta