The price of your new life is your old one. ~ Unknown
I just listened to Mel Robbins talk about this quote. She gave a personal example about herself, that the price of her “new” marriage to her husband was her old one (same husband). A marriage that was a mess in exchange for a great marriage. It took a complete change in action and attitude on her part.
There is a price that has to be paid. The cost is action – deeds not words. Real change happens then and only then. Want a fit body? Get rid of the unfit one. Want a new job? Get a new one. That’s the price – old for new.
We can take this to a different level. There is some work that has already been done for you. There is a price that has been paid and you did not have to pay it at all. A great exchange – your old life for your new one. Death was involved, but it was not your own.
For you have been bought with a price ~ 1 Corinthians 6:20
For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:22
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17
This doesn’t mean all-of-a-sudden that you are perfect. We are given responsibility in this life. I don’t know about you, but for me, change can feel like death. The thing I give up or try to get away from doing, pulls at me to keep it alive. On the other hand, my soul realizes that I cannot go forward and become a different person without this death of the old. Just like the grain of wheat in John 12:24, I can look forward to the fruit if I can just get past the death.
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. ~ John 12:24
At least as far as my salvation is concerned, that is a death I don’t have to die and a price given that I could have never paid anyway. Praise God for His sacrifice! It is the day-to-day sanctification of dying to self that is hard, because we play a part in that. We can be assured, however, that there will be a perfect you on the other side one day. In the meantime, we get to enjoy the large and small personal victories in this life. A little taste of the joy to come.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. ~ Philippians 1:6