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When God saves sinners he makes them a new person and he gives them a new purpose.

Never underestimate the gift of new life in Christ. We are new creations. The old has passed away, and the new has come (2 Cor. 5:17). “I have been crucified with Christ and it is no long I who lives but Christ who lives in me and the life I know live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2:20).

When you become a Christian you may wake up the next morning with the same family, the same job, the same house, the same money, the same looks, but make no mistake: you are a new person and you have a new purpose. You no longer live for the glory of your name, but for the glory of the Name.

And let’s be honest, this is why many people do not come to Christ.

Maybe it’s why you have not come to Christ.

Because you know what it entails. Or at least, what coming to Christ should entail. You know that if you want Jesus as Savior, you’re going to get him as Lord. And if he is Lord, then he calls the shots. His word is inviolable. His law is your obedience. His truth is Truth.

But you like your old life. You like your old person and your old purposes. You are happy to live for yourself. You’re going to be somebody. You’re going have something to show for yourself. You’re going to stick it to the man (or the woman, or whatever). You’re on your way. And you’re doing it your way.

Now, if you happen to get a little Jesus on the side–a few better habits, a nice church even–that’s cool. Whatever helps. But you aren’t looking for conversion. You aren’t interested in new birth. You’ll be fine without it. You don’t need another Lord in your life. You’re managing in that role just fine.

At least that what’s you’ve always believed.

And come to think of it, it is a belief. Faith in self-reliance, self-direction, self-autonomy, and the inevitability of progress.

The good news for messed-up, brokenhearted sinners is that God can make you a new person and give you a new purpose. The bad news is that lots of contented, self-sufficient, too-proud-to-beg, too-big-t0-follow types will miss out on the new life God offers in Christ.

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7 thoughts on “God Makes Us a New Person With a New Purpose”

  1. Phillip says:

    “And let’s be honest, this is why many people do not come to Christ.”
    Shall we say, spiritually dead, short of ability to seek newness.

  2. Mitchell Hammonds says:

    People don’t trust in Christ’s work for them because they, like the rest of us at one time, are spiritually dead. I would also add Christianity is a turn-off to them because of the hyper-righteous view many Christians have of themselves… or the Christianity that has been portrayed to them is shallow quacky and effeminate.

  3. anaquaduck says:

    To look at or to others is to be distracted, to look to Christ(God veiled in flesh & bone)& turn to Him is to start anew with the author of life. What we perceive to be bitter is sweeter than honey. Our God is a God who saves.

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Kevin DeYoung is the senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina. He is chairman of the board of The Gospel Coalition, assistant professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte), and a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have seven children. You can follow him on Twitter.

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