In Galatians chapter six, verses fourteen through sixteen, Paul writes, “As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died. It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation. May God’s peace and mercy be upon all who live by this principle; they are the new people of God.”
This is one of my favorite passages by Paul. It was when I read Paul’s phrase ‘transformed into a new creation’ that I first began to finally get peace with all the changes that God and Christ were and are making in my life, since I came back to my faith after interacting with them while using a legal substance over a few years.
I was not prepared for the changes that I would be asked to make, and I sometimes still feel like I might be disappearing. I sometimes find myself wondering what will be left of me, even though I know that God and Christ are eradicating the parts of me that are not sacred or righteous, since I came back to Christ and repented of my sins and asked his forgiveness, something I still do daily when I transgress.
I heard a pastor talk about this process of ‘dying to self’ and that comforted me a bit in the beginning. But when I read this passage by Paul and realized that God and Christ want a full-scale transformation, it comforted me immensely and allowed me to let go of some of my resistance to the changes that occur whenever we connect with God and Christ and begin to let go of the old, self-motivated and self-seeking behaviors. I still have quite a long way to go, but at least after reading this passage I know that it is a normal part of the process, and that I am not alone.
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