He Doesn’t Remember The Old Me!

A colleague I had worked with for quite a number of years was asking me a question recently, and he called me “Pastor”.  I was mildly shocked because he was not mocking or being funny in any way. I could see he was quite sincere. Now, I am not a church pastor yet, but one thing is certain. I am a Christian and I wear my faith on my sleeve without being ashamed of the gospel of Christ in any way.

You might be wondering why this is even worth mentioning, let me make it clear. I didn’t used to be committed to Jesus. I was one of the worst hypocrites that ever lived. I was an unapologetic sinner who reveled in every kind of unholy living known to man.

When I re-committed my life to Jesus, my most of my colleagues thought I was crazy, and I kind of became a “lone-ranger” at work. Of course, I stopped getting invites to the parties and the clubs and all that comes with it, but it was exactly what I wanted.

When this young man called me Pastor, I received a jolt in my spirit. And listening to a sermon by Bishop Jakes this morning, the Holy Spirit reminded me of that moment, because I realized; THESE GUYS DON’T REMEMBER THE OLD ME! They don’t remember!

It’s like the old me never existed.  In my conversation with the Holy Spirit, I exclaimed in surprise, and I said “they don’t remember”! And he said of course! Why should they? You are a brand new person remember?  And the word came into my heart:

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

Colossians  2:12 (NLT)

For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.

A new life means exactly that!  A brand new life!  If you have been raised to this new life in Christ, stop living in the shadow of who you used to be. Embrace this newness of life in its totality because the old you no longer exists!

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

Jeremiah 31:34 (NLT)

And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the Lord.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already,” says the Lord. “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.

This brings such joy to my heart! You can rejoice in your brand new life because the slate has been wiped clean.  You are a brand new person.

I looked at my life and I realized that I DID NOT MISS ANYTHING from my old life.  Right now I can sincerely tell you I don’t even know what it felt like to be me a couple of years ago. And it still amazes me when people I have known for so long, don’t remember who I used to be either.

It brings freshness to everything!  That freshness is what you should desire. It’s been given to you when you accepted Christ. It’s now up to you to appreciate it, worship God for it, live in it, and introduce the opportunity to others. (We are ministers of reconciliation, remember? 2nd Corinthians 5:19)

 

 

 

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