When I was a teenager, I would stay up late on Saturday nights and watch my favorite channel until all the shows would end. Sometimes I would fall asleep and later awaken to see a colorful screen that displayed a message that all of the scheduled programs had been run and the channel was off air. I would turn the television off and go to bed.
When we become born again in Christ, we are made new. We are to put off the “old man” and the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21), so that we become more like Jesus every moment of every day (Colossians 3:8-10). Some programs–attitudes and behaviors–that have been scheduled to run need to be cancelled. They need to be shut down because they are interfering with the “programs” God has scheduled for your life and marriage. The programs He has scheduled include: “tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long suffering, bearing with one another, forgiving one another and love” (Colossians 3:12-17).
As a born again Christian wife, I need to be certain that I am no longer playing those shows of the “old woman” I was. In Christ, I am a “new creation” and old, ungodly habits, ideals,and conduct have “passed away” (2 Corinthians 5:17). That means I cannot allow those old programs to resurface and resume because their time slots have been cancelled. When there is a re-run that haphazardly returns, the Holy Spirit airs a message similar to the photo in this post and reminds me that the “old me” was cancelled. “No re-runs! No resurrection of those old shows!”
I heed Him and I turn the set off or change the “channel”. I repent and get into my prayer “closet” and ask for God’s help because I am a new creation. No longer the contentious, disrespectful, unloving, wife. That is who I used to be. I change the channel and get back on God’s schedule. He is loving and merciful; and it’s always wonderful to hear the message in my heart “Now, back to our regularly scheduled program: “New Creation in Christ”.
Now, each day–each “episode” of my Heaven-winning show “New Creation in Christ”–just keeps getting better and better! God helps me to become more like Christ– that I can “become the righteousness of God in Him” (2Corinthians 5:21).
We have to trust that God’s schedule for our lives is so much better than our own! 😀 God is good!!!
“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter towards them.”