My wife and I frequented a local restaurant because of their reasonable prices. However the food at times lacked in flavor and quality. The waitresses were not courteous and the place was losing business. The owner put the restaurant up for sale and it was purchased. The new owners did a complete remodel of the facility. They hired a new chef and put out a new menu. When we visited the restaurant we were overwhelmed with the changes. The new management had transformed the menu, the quality of the food, and the whole atmosphere. Everything was new, even the care of the wait staff.
Under new management is a wonderful way of describing what happens when a person trusts Jesus Christ as his Savior. Paul told the Romans about this new management in Romans 8:9-11: “But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” The old management of the flesh is no longer in possession of our lives. We are under the new management of the Spirit. His indwelling brings about a whole new atmosphere that Paul calls “life”. We are promised eternal life, we get to enjoy overcoming and victorious life, and we can daily live abundant life. We also get to participate in a Spirit-led life. Our old management of the flesh ran us into the ground with sin, defeat, and hopelessness. It eventually would lead us to eternal death. But when we received Christ, old things passed away behold all things became new (2 Cor. 5:17).
Are you still living under the old manager of the flesh? Don’t you think it is about time to receive Christ and put your life under new management?
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation