Day 2

“John replied, “No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven. You yourselves know how plainly I told you, ‘I am not the Messiah. I am only here to prepare the way for him.’ It is the bridegroom who marries the bride, and the best man is simply glad to stand with him and hear his vows. Therefore, I am filled with joy at his success. He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” – John 3:27-30

Imagine for a second that you are going on a three-day camping trip into the North Carolina mountains with your best friend. You buy a brand-new backpack to carry all the supplies you need for the adventure. However, after you purchase the new backpack, you don’t have enough money to buy all the other new equipment. So you borrow old camping supplies from friends and family that seem to be 50 years old. You pack your bag reluctantly, but you are pleased to have at least all the equipment you need. Your backpacking partner shows up at your house with brand new camping gear. Your partner’s backpack is filled with the latest and greatest camping equipment.

The best part is that there is two of everything. Your friend says, “I wanted you to have the best equipment, so this is my gift to you.” Does the fact that you have already packed your bags deter you from pulling all your old, decrepit supplies out and stuffing your new backpack with all your new stuff? Probably not in the slightest. When we give our lives over to Jesus Christ, He makes us brand new.

You could say that Jesus gives us a brand new backpack. All the old stuff that we’ve been carrying around is all traded for the brand new. We have a clean slate. We realize the stuff we had in our life before is old and falling apart, but we feel like we have no choice but to put it into our bag. Greed, gossip, selfishness, along with a whole assortment of vices stay with us.

As we grow in our faith, Christ is offering us new life daily with Him, but we have to take the junk out of our old bag before He can fill it again. What is even more amazing, Jesus not only offers us the new, but he removes the old. Still, we cannot keep taking it back and putting it in our bag. He gives us contentment in place of greed, words of encouragement to replace our gossip, and a heart to serve others instead of serving only ourselves. Daily look in your bag, identify the old ragged pieces and ask God to take your desire for them away and replace them with life-giving supplies. That is the way to prepare for the journey.

  • True Blue

    Amen! Take out the old and fill me with the new!

  • Yvonne Parrilla

    Amen!! Father help me lose the desire to hold on to the old. I want the new that you are offering!

  • Wanda Hernandez

    Amen!!! Taking out the old and bringing in the new.

  • Julie Phillips

    Love the backpack illustration. Life in Christ is certainly an adventure!

  • Cassandra

    Love this illustration💕 A to the men!

  • Chris Wilson

    Amen, as I continue to reach for new heights in my life with Jesus @ my side

  • Ana Mercedes Castro

    Amen! Thank you Jesus!

  • isma Mclaughlin

    Great illustration!

  • Lynne Campbell

    Wonderful

  • Barbara Donovan

    Amen. Lord help me to recognize what is to be removed and accept all you have to offer.

    • Lisa Hadebe

      Amen

  • Lisa Hadebe

    Lord here l am,restore me,and make me new again,thank you for your Son Jesus Christ who died for me. Amen

  • Susan Stark Burgazzoli

    Pastor Julie did a sermon on this subject and she used the metaphor of an old chest and a key. Each day we are to look into our old chest and throw something out. When our chest is empty, we have completed our journey of throwing away the “old baggage” and starting our life anew through Christ.

  • Kristine Jones

    Dear Lord help me to change my old ways and to become a better person…Amen

  • Linda Jackson

    Love this, especially the part that we cannot keep taking the old gear back and putting In our bag. Only full surrender to our
    Father can help me to do this, thank you for the Word today.

  • Herla Tassy

    God I ask that you help me to remove the junk that I’ve been carrying in my back for years & cant seem to let them go regardless of what it has been doing to myself, my marriage, my children, my family and my life. Help me to accept the new spiritual life you have waiting for me, help me to stop being selfish & Lord help me to open doors to my new life. In Jesus Name, I receive it & I declare it 🙏🏾🙌🏾 Amen

  • Lauraine Tubelli

    Just recently I began praying that God would release me from old thoughts, sometimes I feel like I’m so close to being the person I know God intended me to be, but I always seem to fall short. I continue to pray and believe, that I will unpack that old stuff and leave it far behind me, in Jesus name, Amen

  • Hillary Lettman

    Father God as I go on this 21 journey I ask that I be sensitive to your voice and listened to my inspired to remove the old father God as I go on the 21 journey I ask that I be sensitive to your voice and listened to my inspired to remove the old

  • Leslie

    Thank you Father for all that you are doing in my life with the removing of my old ways and setting forth new life offerings that glorify your name. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  • Michael Bendsneyder

    Oh Lord my God, I ask to let me focus on you in this 21 day fast. Open my eyes Lord, Open my Heart Lord, Open My Spirit Oh Mighty God, Let this year of 2017 be a Jubilee Year, Oh mighty God, May it be a celebration upon you oh Lord Jesus, You have Provided me so much in my Job and in My life, and in My Mission of Spreading the Gospel to an Unbelieving world. I Pray Jesus that this Year of 2017 be a righteous and elevating year, I say this in the name above all name, IN THE NAME OF J E S U S Amen.

    • Sandra Negri

      Amen!

    • Kimberly Vickers

      amen.

  • Izzy Isabel Avila-Valdivia

    please God help me to see good in people , to serve other s like Christ did . To use my hands to help heal, my heart open and compassionate . Let them see Christ in me! In Jesus precious name Amen!

  • Kimberly Vickers

    Dear Lord, as I reflect on myself I see lots of bad behavior. I see things that I do that aren’t beneficial to me or Your Kingdom. Please remove everything from me that not like You. Replace them with good habits that I might bear much good fruit. Thank Lord, in Jesus name, amen.

    And I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing
    good for them. I will put a desire in their hearts to worship me, and
    they will never leave me.
    Jeremiah 32:40 New Living Translation (NLT)