“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
When life happens, it looks different for everyone. Sometimes we fight so hard to get back to the things of before. I had no idea I would ever be trafficked. And I realized I keep trying to go back to who I was before. Funny Ashley, caring Ashley, no complex trauma Ashley, and no survival mode Ashley. The thing is, 2 Corinthians 5:17 states the old is GONE, BEHOLD ALL things are made new. New creation in Christ doesn’t mean the “new you” that you were before the life damage that was thrown at you.
God is consistently in the restoration business. He set the highest form of this example through Jesus Christ. Did Jesus go back to who He was before He died for us? No, He became an eternity of love for us to be saved through, though He always was, is, I AM, you get the point. We’re a new creation in God because of His glory and grace. This new light is even brighter than before our “old new self” to guide the way for more than we did before. I can’t go back to who I was before Trafficking. But why would I want to, when I’ve overcome what most couldn’t, and now my testimony in Him, my gifts for this race in Him, will help even more to know Him.
The enemy will fool you into thinking you must return to where you came from. Because he knows the God-given power before doesn’t compare to the one God has restored within your new self today.
Prayer: Lord, we thank you for always meeting us where we are. Thank you for constantly reminding us who you are and whose we are. Thank you for the light that is consistently renewed in your grace to help us bring others with us to win this race. Nothing is impossible with you, Jesus. ALL things are made new through the eternity of your love on the cross. We rebuke anything that’s not of you, God, that would have us believe otherwise. I can’t wait to see you face to face one day, papa.
By Ashley Renee, DOTK Community Writer