Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
I Corinthians 5:17
Well, that was our memory verse last week. On Wednesday Elijah looked at me with bugged eyes and exclaimed, "But mom, what does it MEAN?!"
So, I attempted to explain the verse to my five year old. Telling him that when Christ is in our lives, the old man– the ick, the sin, the ugly side gets replaced with the new man. It was one of those precious moments– being able to share the gospel with my son.
Then, Elijah sat back…squinted his eyes…and inquired, "Mom, is Christ in your life?" And, he was nodding as he asked as if to answer his own question. Then, he went on…"Yes, mom…most of the time, you ARE new…BUT, sometimes you are OLD."
Out of the mouths of babes, right? It’s true. I am (more often than I’d like to admit) old…the old man comes flying up out of somewhere and surfaces the icky ugly sinful side. I am so thankful for the grace of God!
His comment reminded me of something I posted on the FIAR message board:
"Sometimes I wonder if God has more in store for me or them as a result of our homeschooling. It seems like I’m the one who is constantly seeing my own dross come to surface, and my desperate need for refinement– my need for a Savior. This wasn’t the plan! Homeschooling was so I could mold and shape the children…not for my own molding and shaping. God’s ways are higher than mine."
Lord, please bring the dross to the surface…even if my children have to see it. Let them know that I am dependent on my Savior and that I am not some super human being. Lord, MAKE ME NEW!