Recently, we bought our first-born son a new phone for his birthday, so we gave his old phone to his younger brother. My husband took our middle child to the store to get a new phone line for his phone. He was so excited to have his very own number.
The only problem was that the person who owned the phone line previously apparently had run up a lot of debt. The phone was getting calls by several collectors daily wanting information about the previous owner.
I had to take each call for about two weeks and explain to every person that the phone line had been purchased by a new owner. The debt from the old owner no longer applied to my son’s number because the phone line had been bought with a price.
“For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” – 1 Corinthians 6.20
So many times we as Christians drag around the debt of our old selves even though our sins have been completely paid for. Our old sinful self is dead, and we are now a new creation in Christ. Jesus died to pay for our sins from the past and every sin we commit each day. Yes, we are to learn from our mistakes, but we are not called to carry the weight of what’s been wiped clean. We make the mistake by allowing the old debt to apply to our new life.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” – 2 Corinthians 5.17
Jesus going to the Cross to pay for our sins in no little thing. In fact, the Finished Work of Jesus Christ came at a high price, and we should not reject the freedom we have in Christ. We have the full right to declare ourselves righteous, holy and sanctified in Christ. Yes, sometimes we will act like our old selves, but this doesn’t mean we have to stay in bondage to it.
“And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” – Hebrews 10.10
If we simply renewed our minds every day, remembering that we are a new creation and the old self is gone, we would be less prone to behave in our old patterns. Instead, we would embrace our new selves and step out in the authority that we have through Christ. So if the Enemy calls you again and reminds you of an old debt, just tell him that Jesus has paid the debt in full.
“Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.” – Ephesians 4.23-24
Questions: What old debt does Satan try to apply to your new life in Christ? Do you carry around a sin-consciousness or a righteous-consciousness? How can truly believing that you are righteous and holy through Christ help you to embrace your new creation?