Should You Clean Up before Coming to Jesus?
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Some people want to get everything in their life straightened out before they come to Christ. But you'll wake up in hell and still not have it straightened out.
It’s like trees that don’t lose their leaves in the fall. The leaves wither and turn brown but hold on until the spring. But when the new leaf comes, it pushes the old leaf off.
That's exactly what happens to your old habits, your old life, when you find the Lord Jesus. The new life pushes your old life off. It’s not a matter of plucking off this leaf and knocking off that one. You'll never do it that way. Let the new life within you do its work.
Have you come to grips yet with the fact that your “old nature” is dead and you are a new creature in Christ? You can’t “kill” your old nature on your own. You have to consider him as dead and allow the “new nature”—the new creature you are in Christ—to come alive and be fed and nurtured by the Holy Spirit.
You’ve heard the saying, “If you want something to grow, feed it.” As you commit time each day to reading the Word of God and to having a meaningful quiet time, you are cooperating with the Holy Spirit in feeding and nurturing you new nature.
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