Jesus - Hope for the Worn
2 Corinthians 5:14-17 (NIV)
14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
When I looked down at the paper saying today's topic was "worn," I couldn't help but smirk. Several things add up to make me feel less than brand new lately; a frustratingly inconsistent body attacked by chronic illness, weariness in waiting for a spouse as friends marry and start families while I am inching into my 30's and a job working with middle schoolers (If chasing them around doesn't make you feel old, they'll point it out for you.) I would bet you have a list of all your own things reminding you that you're "old news," or possibly even "damaged goods." And if you're like me, the thing wearing you out the most is pretending you aren't worn at all, that you are sparkly fresh and in mint condition. All the while hoping it will make someone want to invest in the rather risky stock of your life.
The message paraphrases Paul's words this way: We don't evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong...Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons.
A new life is only appealing to someone who admits they are worn around the edges. The most rejoicing will come from the person who acknowledges the threadbare places in their hearts and lives and gladly lays them before the Lord in order to take up the new life He has to offer them.
By: Jess Campbell