Idea: We can see God’s creative spirit active in our world today. He does not grow tired of creating new things in each of us.
1. He creates new hearts. Psalms 51:10 – “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
Even for someone who hates chores, the feeling of having a nice clean house at the start of each Sabbath day is so special. God is in the business of cleaning hearts… Of sweeping out the cobwebs, the hurts and anger, the insecurities and fears, the unmentionables and the weaknesses. He cleans them out so that there is space for all He wants to fill us with.
2. He creates new attitudes and makes us more like Him. Ephesians 4:22-24 – “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
God can’t wait to create the new furniture in your heart. To put in the right balance of color and style and functionality. He wants to create new Christ-like character traits, to bring new talents and gifts, to create a feeling of unconditional acceptance and love so that we can use our new hearts for him.
3. He creates chances for us to do good and show Christ to others. Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
When our hearts are renewed and filled with the things of God, we begin to spill over. We are no longer as self-absorbed as before. We begin to notice the needs of others and understand how we can use what God has given us to help them. And then God can be seen in us.
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