According to the dictionary to regenerate is to re-create, reconstitute, or make over, especially in a better form or condition.
When we as Christians become Christians, we are in essence regenerated. According to 2 Corinthians 5:17 reads “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
So what does this mean? What does it mean to be a new creation? For many they believe this is a simple painless process. However, the fact of the matter is death is a painful thing. The old things pass away means our mindsets, our patterns in life, the way we see things are different.
Many of you know that I am a big fan of the hit BBC sci-fi show Doctor who. In this show the main character, the Doctor, is a member of the alien race known as “Time Lords.” This race as an interesting ability, right before they die their body goes through a regeneration process. They are still the same person with all the same memories of who they are, where they’ve been, and what they were doing. The difference is they look different, their personality is somewhat different, they like different things, they don’t like others things. They are new.
In the midst of the show you find out that the regeneration process is hard, scary, and painful. They realize that in order to live on and complete what has been entrusted in them, they have to die. They have to give up who they are at that moment to become something new.
here’s a clip showing you what i mean
We as Christians are called to do the same. It’s hard, it’s scary, it’s painful. We have to give up old way so thinking, old way of speaking. We may lose some friends in the process. But in the end we have to realize it’s for a greater good. It could be that some of those things from your past were the exact things that were holding you back. It could be that some of those “friends” were actually feeding back into you fear, doubt and destruction; when you (or even they) thought they were trying to give you “helpful” advice or where trying to support you.
Friends I encourage you to walk through that painful regeneration process. Become the new creation that God is calling you to be. Yes this means both physical and mental changes, but I promise you, in the end… it is all worth it.
At the end of the process, you’ll find yourself surrounded by new set of friends and family. People who love you and encourage you in the righteous and holy things of the most high God. And who knows, it could be that once you have become the man or woman of God that you’re supposed to be; those friends from your past will see the truth of God too.