Galatians 2:20 (NKJV)
20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Have you ever wondered what others really thought of you? I used to be so worried about what others thought of me that I did not really give too much attention to what I actually thought of myself. I always wanted people to see a successful person, a person that had it all together, a person younger people could look up to. That was the goal, to show the world that I was a better man than the one I was in reality. Fast-forward to today and I care very little about what others think, and for good reason.
I Am No Longer The Person I Was Before
I think one of the hardest things to overcome is growing older in the town you grew up in. That may sound a little foolish but there is sound logic. I grew up in a small town by most standards. I moved out of my hometown for about 2 weeks before moving back. For better or for worse, people around here tend to know me. Most of the time this is a good thing, but other times it is not. I lived a pretty clean-cut life for the most part, but I was far from perfect. I occasionally run into a mother who gives me a dirty look because I broke her daughter’s heart. As a side note, I am very remorseful for that. Every once in awhile I run across a kid that I cut during tryouts. As a side note, I am very remorseful for that as well. Then there are the people that have seen me angry, those that have seen me after a few drinks, those that I bartered with and won, you start to get the picture, not always the best guy around. I am no longer, however, that guy. 2 Corinthians 5:17 reminds us... (17) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! While the people around me may still judge my past, my God sees me as a new creation!
What They See Now
Does it matter what people see now? Probably not. God now sees Christ through me. He looks past my previous transgressions and sees perfection through the blood of my Savior. God does not see the sinful past, He does not see the mistakes, He does not see the failure. For this, I am very thankful!
While it is true that the only thing that matters is the way God sees us, we should be living a life in hopes that those around us see Jesus in our lives as well. We have been made a new creation through His sacrifice, the world should see this changed life. Why is it important? Those that know the old man, and experience the new, will come to know God through that transformation. I always made a point in jail ministry to explain to the guys how the world could be changed through their transformation. They knew the man before Christ and can experience the man after. It is a very powerful thing.
We were dead in our trespass, a sinner condemned and unclean. Through Christ, we are a new creation. We must strive to show the world who we are now. Go forward in the confidence of Christ, showing the world the new man.
Romans 8:10 (NKJV)
10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.