Are we there yet? That’s what my kids, ages 9 and 6, wanted to know during the entire 9-hour drive to our new home. Finally, the glorious moment came…we got off the highway, drove into the charming city, and pulled into the blessed driveway. I could finally say, “YES, WE ARE HERE!”
So, now what?
The neighborhood was beautiful, the people seemed friendly, and our home was new and spacious. Still…something didn’t feel right. It was empty. The movers were still in route, scheduled to arrive the next morning.
So we had to go through a brief period of discomfort. The same thing happens when we first accept Jesus into our life and embrace a new way of living. New can be awkward. We like what’s familiar. But, just because something is familiar doesn’t mean it’s best.
“People don’t pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the new wine will make the skins burst. The wine will run out, and the skins will be ruined. Rather, new wine is to be poured into fresh skins. ‘No one who has been drinking old wine wants new wine. He says, ‘The old wine is better!’” (God’s Word)
Yes, we’ve put off the old man–our old nature and its way of doing things.We don’t lie, steal, cheat and basically do whatever it takes (fornication, adultery and the like) to fulfill our desires. So what’s left? Our spiritual home is clean (Jesus did that for us), but empty.
A vacant home is vulnerable. It’s a target for thieves and a haven for pests. If the owners are absent (spiritually unaware & uninformed) and not actively protecting the home against break-in’s and getting rid of pesky little critters,there will be problems.
Likewise, it’s not enough for us to stop embracing wrong things; we must actively replace them with right choices.
“When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.” (KJV)
That’s why it’s important for us to fill our spiritual home (mind and heart) with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit comes into our life after we receive Christ and brings a housewarming present—HIMSELF. The Holy Spirit gives us his character—the ability to choose good over evil which results in good fruit, the fruit of the Spirit.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
Still feeling awkward in your new nature? Not sure if the Holy Spirit has arrived yet? All you have to do is ask…
“Even though you’re evil, you know how to give good gifts to your children. So how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”
Remember, you cannot move back to your old home. You left for a good reason. And, the new one really is better.