“Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything;
what counts is a new creation.”
Paul is setting out this truth in relation to the sign of circumcision. Now that Christ has appeared, died for our sins and been resurrected again, the way to God is open to all people who believe in Him, whether Jew or Gentile, saint or sinner.
This belief is not established by outward show such as the sign of circumcision, special clothes or a different haircut. It is not merely a matter of regular church attendance or tithing. What counts more than anything else is the change that takes place within a person – who, putting their trust in Christ, takes the decision to turn from the worlds way of life and set of values, and to embrace the life and values offered and modelled by Christ Himself. It is the spiritual equivalent of a new creation, a new start, a new birth. Any outward indication should reveal and flow from the great change that has taken place within.
People do not just drift into Christianity – they should make it as intentional as Jesus did at His baptism, or as couples are called to do at their weddings. It becomes an event and a day to remember, and from which to chart the course for the rest of their lives. Their lives are now to be lived not by worldly values but by Kingdom ones – for they are now people of the Kingdom.
If you have never made an intentional commitment before decide to do so now. Make it a special occasion, if possible in a special place and, if you can, with another faithfully committed Christian. But above all – do it and in a way that you will always remember.
Lord Jesus Christ, I want to accept the new life that You offer me by the grace and love of God. Please come into my life, help me to commit myself to You – and allow You to lead me and make me into the person that you wish me to be. Amen.