Paul is so clear here about what matters. We are new creations after we accept Jesus as Lord and when we do that our focus should be on Him fully. When we put our focus on what He did on the cross and then learn to grow through God’s word we will transform and be different.
Verse 16 says, “May God’s peace and mercy be upon all who live by this principle; they are the new people of God.” This is such a great way to think about it because when we can keep our eyes off the world and on Christ we can have true peace and joy.
Paul also makes it clear that we are to learn and grow with fellow believers and be willing to do good for everyone. In chapter 6 verse 10 it says, “Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone – especially to those in the family of faith.” This is so important because this is the way God wants to give us peace and joy.
When we as Christians are struggling God wants us to be there to lighten the burdens and help people see Him. This is why discipleship in the church is so vital because our growth and transformation never stops as long as we live. We must remember that when we transform we are outwardly focused and we remember the cross in everything we do. And it is our responsibility to grow and learn or ask, seek and knock so we can never stop learning and making a difference for the Kingdom of God. Amen