2 Corinthians 5:17 often reminds me of a beautiful butterfly, bursting forth from its drab cocoon. It’s also a beautiful reminder that although God is ancient and eternal, He is never old or outdated. He does new things all the time, perhaps not always in ways we can see, but He is always at work. He created streams in the desert (Isaiah 43:19), breathed life in to dry bones (Ezekiel 37), and turned hearts of stone in to hearts of flesh (Ezekiel 11:19). He still does new things today, of course, and He always will, and not only in our temporary, earthly life. In heaven, we can look forward to a new home, and new bodies.
That’s one of the joyful realisations in following Christ; that within Him, there is always hope for a better future. The journey to that betterment will include challenges and sorrow, but through it all, He remains, as do His promises to be with us always, and to work for our good.
It’s a glorious thing to understand that He is continually doing something within us, and those around us, so we can pray with humble expectation, knowing that every day is an opportunity to be changed, and to become more like Christ.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
2 Corinthians 5:17
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
2 Corinthians 3:17-18
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”