No Longer Needed
Isaiah 43:18 – 19
“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
When I decide to put flowers in my yard not only do I have to remove the weeds, but I must remove the grass that had been growing there for years. Unlike the weeds, the grass had been needed and wanted in that area of the yard but now, its services are no longer needed. The grasses usefulness has run its course and it’s time for it to go.
The grass, unlike the weeds, was not a bad thing; it’s just no longer useful in the area where I am planting my flowers. Grass is useful in other places, just not with my flowers.
This is how it is with our lives. There comes a time when things and people who were needed in our lives are no longer needed AND, sometimes, we are no longer needed in someone else’s life.
When God starts doing new things in our lives, he replaces the old stuff with new things and sometimes, he replaces old people with new people who can help us get where God is taking us or can help us mature so we can move forward to the next place God has for us. The old stuff can only keep us where we are, it cannot help us grow into the people God wants us to become.
Some people take exception to the concept of letting go of things and people that/who are no longer useful fixtures in our lives. But, let me put it this way, if you have a friend who is still doing all the things you are trying to get away from or trying to leave behind as you press to be more like Christ, can you still hang out with them AND achieve your goal? If you have someone in your life who is happy and content with just enough to get by but you want God’s promise of abundance, can you still hold on to them AND receive your abundance?
To move out of the old and into the new takes work! To leave behind that which we have grown accustom to, to become something more than we are today takes diligence, dedication and determination. Can we take the old with us as we change and progress in our lives and walk with Christ?
The Bible states, “No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.” Mark 2:21 – 22.
What do you say?
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