But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,
made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions.
The Lord looks at things totally differently from the way we do. This generation seems to be fixated on improving people’s self esteem even to the point of denying the obvious; we are all deeply flawed and in need of regeneration and renewal. Regeneration is the beginning of our new life, like Jesus said, “Unless a man is born again he will never see the kingdom of God”. But we dare not stop at regeneration, daily renewal is imperative. In Revelations Jesus said, “Behold, I am making all things new”. So this act of continual renewal or transformation began at the new birth but it continues daily as we experience Christ making all things new in us. I love this about the Lord, there is no plateaus or getting to a place that we can say we have arrived. His adventure of transformation is never ending. Andrew Murray connected this renewal to Pentecost. Check out his thoughts on today’s verse.
“Man had fallen from a life in God into a life of self-love, self-esteem, and self-seeking and in pursuing the perishing enjoyments of the world. But on the day of Pentecost a new dispensation of God came forth. God’s part in it was the working of the Holy Spirit and His gifts and graces upon the whole church. Man’s part in it was the adoration of God in spirit and in truth.
All this was to make way for the immediate and continual working of God in man. Man, baptized with the Holy Spirit, should renounce self and give up his entire soul, with all the faculties of his mind, to the disposal of God.”
So rather than improving our image of ourselves we actually have to die to ourselves. It is not improving us that we want, it is Christ revealing Himself to us, in us, and through us that we are after. How can I cooperate with this ultimate plan of God? It is by drawing near to God in worship and in His word, drinking in His goodness and love for me. The more He becomes real in me, the more He shines through me. This is awesome. This is where I am satisfied and God is glorified, I must decrease and He must increase.