We love watching people trying to erase their past in hopes of constructing a brand new identity. We watch The Bachelor (new love), Extreme Makeover (new look/lifestyle), The Voice (new dream), Breaking Bad (new career, sans rules), Shark Tank (new wealth). We carefully curate a more idealized persona on social media. We switch careers/lovers/looks/friends/churches on a whim. Each time we do, it’s an opportunity to for us to reinvent ourselves.
The idea of reinventing yourself is powerful and attractive. It’s exciting. There’s a sense of movement to our lives when we think of not being bound to the past anymore and having the promise of starting over.
Jesus came so you could start over. His life, death and resurrection is God’s way of making possible the reinvention of the human soul. Not through ourselves, but through Him. The Apostle Paul said, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come?” [2 Cor. 5:17]. Today with so many possibilities to reinvent ourselves in so many key areas of our lives, why do we need Jesus anymore? He didn’t promise us a new look or career or bank account.
Perhaps it’s because the reinvention of your soul is the single most important area of your life that needs to start over. Your soul controls your thoughts, your motivations, your actions – it is the source of your life, both here and in eternity. Jesus’ reinvents us through his life coming into our life. Not through a program to make us into a new person, but through the Holy Spirit living through us to make us right and new before God.