“Out with the old and in with the new” is a common phrase stated by many people. It refers to leaving old things or ideas behind and starting fresh with new things or ideas. People usually say this at the beginning of a new year or at the beginning of something new.
(2 Corinthians 5:17- When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!) Accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior are more than starting something new, it’s the beginning of a brand new life. It’s more than lip service, it’s a lifestyle change. It’s not just consenting with words, it involves action as well. We become new by allowing Jesus to change us.
Many people accept Jesus as Savior, but not as Lord. They’re fine with Jesus taking their place and dying on the cross for their sins, but still, want to be in control. They’re okay with change, but not if it interrupts their life. When someone is our lord they have power, authority, and influence over us. They are the leader of our life and we’re supposed to submit to them. Accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior are to give up our life so He can lead it.
It can be challenging to allow God to lead our life because we’re spiritual beings that have flesh. Our spirit is willing to obey God, but the flesh is weak and doesn’t want the things of God. Our flesh just can’t fathom the idea of not being in charge. In order for our flesh to submit, something new has to take its place as lord. After we surrender to God the Holy Spirit takes over and our flesh no longer rules our lives.
We don’t know what to do with a life that was never our own, we need Jesus to lead us. When we’re in control of our life, we’re heading in the wrong direction. When Jesus becomes our driver our car gets rerouted in the right direction. (Psalms 119:19- I am but a pilgrim here on earth: how I need a map—and your commands are my chart and guide.) We need to hand our keys over to Jesus and experience a new beginning with a different destination that leads to heaven.