The Driver's License

August 31, 2015

I had to get a new driver's license with a new photo this year. After the new license arrived in the mail, as I was destroying the old one, with each new cut of the old card I kept thinking about the old being replaced by the new. As I watched the old picture disappear with each new snip of the scissors, I thought of how we, as Christians, lose our old selves and become new creations when we give our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ. This Scripture came to mind:

2 Corinthians 5:17 – So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! (NRSV)

My new driver's license is good for five years. On the other hand, we have to be continuously renewing our old selves and keep yielding daily to God's will in our lives. We can't wait for five years, five days, or even five minutes. We should always be striving to be the people that God created us to be. As Paul says:

Philippians 3:12b-14 – I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (NIV 2011)

Throughout our lives, we will experience new things, but our God never changes, and He is always with us, every step of the way.

The following words by Sydney Carter say it well:

    One more step along the world I go.
    One more step along the world I go;
    From the old things to the new
    Keep me traveling along with You.

    And it's from the old I travel to the new.
    Keep me traveling along with You.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You that no matter where our Christian journey takes us, You are always travelling along with us. Thank You for giving us new life. May we always seek to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to You. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Dee Renaud <eddeerenaud@gmail.com>
Sauble Beach, Ontario, Canada

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