Old and New

The past few weeks we’ve been talking about the changes summer will or could bring in our lives.  I’m excited to continue down the path of changes to wherever they will bring me, but I know that’s not the case for many or post people.  This week in my Bible devotional readings I read from Matthew 13, and stumbled upon this verse:

“Every teacher of religious law who becomes a disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven is like a homeowner who brings from his storeroom new gems of truth as well as old.”

Let me give you a bit of background here.  Jesus is talking about what happens when Pharisees, Sadducees and other Biblical teachers of His day believe what He is teaching-which is an extension of what they were teaching.  The teachings they had (the Old Testament) weren’t bad or no longer important; actually, Jesus is the fulfillment of many of their teachings.  So what the other teachers had was a storeroom of old gems of truth, and Jesus brought new gems to the table.

Our lives are just like this.  We’ve got our pasts, things that have happened to us, around us, near us, or because of us that will always be part of us.  It’s impossible to separate yourself from what was.  But you’ve got the opportunity to transform it into what will be.

See, when you bring the old and the new from the storeroom of your life, you’ve got the opportunity of hindsight and blessing of hope.  When you bring your past with you into a new relationship with Jesus, you’ve got the ability to speak to someone who doesn’t know Jesus in a way that only someone who had been in a similar situation could.

Taking advantage of both new and old in your life means that you can’t be focused on living in the past.  Rather, you have to let the past be what it was, bring only the lessons and not the baggage, and move into the future.

What old gems do you have in your life?  Do you need to focus less on them?  How have you incorporated both old and new gems in your life?  Share your thoughts below.

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