Marie Kondo your life
Put your imagination hat on with me for a minute. You’ve just gone through your house and cleaned it super squeaky clean. You’ve done a full Marie Kondo and now have a huge pile of junk.
Take that massive pile, load it in your car/truck, take it to the dump and have them bury it. Tell them to bury it deep – so deep that there’s zero chance you’d ever consider going back to retrieve anything.
Got everything buried?
Let’s go back to our uber clean dwelling places. Sit on the couch and take it all in.
Long slow exhale.
Look around…this is you! This is me!
When we accepted Jesus, He took all our inside crap and nailed it to the cross. Then it got buried and left in the grave. The life we now live is the life of Christ in us.
It’s not the Marie Kondo’d life, it’s the Jesus Christ super-cleansed life.
We can’t live this new life on our own though. Jesus knew this. That’s why He gave us the same superpower that He had while on earth. (drumroll please….)
The Holy Spirit.
When we’re saved some of the things we Marie Kondo out of our lives and take to the dump include:
- the spending of excess time at work or with people, but not God
- the selfish attitudes and interests we had or have
- the immoral or hateful beliefs we have or had
- the games, shows, activities we loved but that don’t glorify God
- the ugly thoughts, gossip, rumors etc. that tear others down
- and anything else the Holy Spirit convicts you of…
Life with a Superhero
We can walk out our new life and put sin to death because of the Holy Spirit’s power.
Let’s take a look at 2 Corinthians to explore this new Superhero powered life.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ…” 2 Corinthians 5:17-18a
Therefore is one of my favorite words in the Bible (I’ve got a lot of favorite Bible words). Why? Because of what it implies. When we see a “therefore” we know that we’ve got something to take action on. We have to see what it’s ‘there for’. It marks a change from something said, to the results or consequences of what was said.
In this verse we’re going from viewing Christ and others (self included) from a worldly perspective to viewing all with a heavenly perspective.
Paul is telling us to remember that what Jesus did for us, means:
- Our security is in Christ because He took God’s judgement against sin and nailed it to the cross
- We rest secure because Jesus guarantees our heavenly inheritance
- Our acceptance is in Christ, who God is more than satisfied with (there’s just no word that captures how pleased God is with Jesus or with us)
- We get to participate in Christ’s divine nature
The ‘new creation’ that we become when we accept Jesus as Savior and Lord is beyond comprehension. It’s so phenomenal that our Marie Kondo illustration falls so so short. My Bible commentary says it’s “a qualitatively new level of excellence”. How do you even define or explain this. It’s off the charts and totally at Superhero level.
Your new identity
This new creation kicked those old things, that got spiritually Marie Kondo’d, in the trash.
Every one of those things (from up top) is in the dump now. So now we have new values, priorities, beliefs, loves, plans, every.single.thing we now look at with new spiritual eyes.
This is where the Holy Spirit comes into play. The Spirit helps to guide us in all of these things and helps us navigate the “new” us.
This new that has come, according to the original Greek, is “a continuing condition of fact”. It means that we have a new spiritual awareness that’s a constant reality. We now live, think, and make our choices based on eternity and not the temporary things of the world.
If you didn’t read yesterday’s post Do You Know Who You Are? be sure to check it out. It’s foundational to today’s post.
Also be sure to check out Three Things You Need to Know. This post sets the stage for every post at Bought At A Price.
Questions to ponder
Based on these things, We’ve got some questions for you (well us too) to ponder. Here’s the PDF version: MK Devotion Questions
- Where do you get your security from? Who or what makes you feel secure?
- How does it make you feel to know that your security is in Christ?
- Is there something that you’re insecure about now? What?
- What would happen if you gave that insecurity to Jesus and/or asked the Holy Spirit to show you why you feel insecure? If you do this, what happened?
- What makes you feel accepted? Is there a time you didn’t feel accepted? Explain
- When you think about God accepting you, how does it make you feel?
- Is this a feeling you can carry with you throughout the day?
- Would you ask the Holy Spirit to make you feel accepted in the places you don’t feel accepted? We’d love to know what happens, so please share in the comments or by email
- What comes to mind when you think about participating in Christ’s divine nature?
- How would this change how you do day-to-day life?
- As a ‘new creation’ how do you see yourself? Get super-duper honest with yourself here. It’s a-okay to see yourself as a Prince or Princess, with the most stellar Superhpowers – the only guidelines you’ve got to follow when imagining this new creation you’ve become, is that you’ve got to have Godly characteristics. From there, the sky’s the limit.
Today’s Quick Tip
Moving your body is one of the best things you can do. One of these posts I’ll get into all(some) of the science behind why movement is so vital to a healthy life. In the meantime, do your body a favor and start doing these exercises while you’re at work. Activity doesn’t have to be done all at once for it to count. Doing a little bit at a time over the course of the day is a-okay. Go move that body God fearfully and wonderfully made.