I’ve always struggled with being a “new creation” and yet being exactly who He created me to be. If He had created me this way – with this personality and these talents and experiences – then why do I need to be a new creation? Does that mean my personality will be changed? My talents will become different? My experiences are not usable or meaningful?
And the worst question: Am I not as good or valuable as someone else? Is He making me into a cookie-cutter mold like *her*? (whoever she may be)
In Hearing God, Dallas points out that conversation with God is not to be a list of “do this” and “don’t do that”, but just one way God shapes our character. As our character becomes more like Christ’s character, we no longer need to ask: “Should I?” because we’ll already know Him and His heart (similar to a parent raising a child to be a responsible adult).
And as I was thinking this through, knives came to mind. (Weird, huh? Maybe it’s because mine need sharpened so badly). But then a connection hit me:
Let’s say I’m a butcher knife, a cleaver – large, unwieldy in the wrong hands, created and able to divide bone from bone.
As a new creation, God came in and become my Handler. I’m no longer unwieldy. And He sharpened my edges, making me better able to do the job He created me to do. I’m still a cleaving butcher knife, but I’m now able to do it well.
But what about *her*? That infamous woman that we all compare ourselves to:
She’s a steak knife – skinny, serrated, for the delicate work of cutting meat into chewable, digestible pieces. God comes along for her and sharpens her edges – one swipe and the meat is cut, no more sawing. And He holds her handle delicately, poised just so, with the right pressure.
He’d kill her if He tried to use her as a cleaver – slamming her down on hunks of bone and gristle.
He’d get nothing out of me if He tried to use one slice of me to remove bone from bone.
What a wise God He is!
So, being a new creation is akin to being honed – removing the dull edges to be used effectively, in whatever task He’s created for us.
How are you being honed?