Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (CEV)
So, the new year is well underway. We start with such great intentions: keep fit, eat well, keep the balance, regular journaling with God’s Word, new strategic initiatives, providing opportunities for greater staff ‘voice’, regular visits to classes, professional reading. Hopefully some of these have ‘stuck’, however it doesn’t take too long and we can return to pre-2018 thinking in our current situation.
“It’s quicker if I do this myself”, “I need to keep working on this tonight”, “I don’t want to interrupt the class and would rather finish this administrative task”, “that teacher/parent will never change”, “if only we had more students or better students or more positive staff, or better resources or a more engaged congregation or more help from the system”. It’s so easy for us to slip back into old thinking. Sometimes it can become a security blanket, something familiar and easier to hold on to, than changing our perspective.
Jesus spent his ministry changing people’s perspectives: for the disciples is was about a new perspective on Messiah and kingdom, for others it was about God’s love for everyone as they are. God is not into status or possessions or performance or knowledge about religious rules and regulations. God has a totally radical focus on love with no strings attached, a love full of empathy, service, forgiveness, joy and life. Jesus gives us full access to all of this.
We hear the account of Jesus getting rid the demon from the man in the temple (Luke 4: 33) …miraculous! God can take away our ‘demons’ too, however sometimes we are a bit too comfortable with them. We might loosen our grip but we often grab back that old way of thinking, reacting, behaving.
So, what is it at the moment you need to ask Jesus to take from you, the old perspective that you are wanting to let go of? Lent is such a great time to reflect on this and to hand over that old thinking and responding.
“Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new.” This is not an external makeover (although that would be handy!) but an internal new way of seeing things. With the help of the Holy Spirit, let’s hand over the old and embrace the new!
Educational Leadership Director