March 31, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

Have you ever seen the TV show LOST? I’ve been watching it since it started a couple of years ago (I guess this is season 3 right now… maybe 4). I kinda have a love/hate relationship with the show. At first, I was convinced that the producers had no idea that the show would last past the first season. It was like they were making stuff up on the fly—trying to figure out where the whole things was going. That was frustrating because things kept coming up that seemed to make no sense. I also hate the number of commercials.

But I like the story and I like the characters. And I’m not sure why… but I think I have an idea.

There is something very intriguing about the idea of starting over. As bad as it may be to be stranded on a strange island with a bunch of strangers, it could certainly simplify our complex and complicated lives. For each of the characters, the past is wiped away and they have the chance to reinvent or redefine themselves in this new community. This, in fact, is a hook that the producers wanted to pursue. I heard an interview with one of the creators of LOST and he said this:

“It’s not about who they were… but who they are now.”

This change is highlighted as we flash back to their individual lives before the crash—the event that made this “new” life possible.

I started thinking about all of this today and just jotted down some of the words that came to my mind as I pondered what the producer said…

“It’s not about who they were… but who they are now.”

Beginning… recreated… new… now… moment… life… fresh…

Those are all pretty appealing words, huh. Yeah, they can be a little scary, but they are exciting, too.

I think we all have a longing to start over to a degree. To take a mulligan. To get a second chance. Maybe not in LIFE—but, at least, in certain aspects of our lives.

But then I realized something else. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, it’s not about who you were… but who you are now. That’s what God says. That’s what is true about those who have placed their faith in Jesus—it’s not about who you were… but who you are now!

Want proof? Listen to the apostle Paul—a guy who understands this concept pretty well (after all, he was Saul—condemner and destroyer of Christians; he became Paul—encourager and builder of Christians): 

    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17) 

Pretty cool, huh? What does it mean to be a “new creation”? That’s a pretty big question—too big to answer now. But we should probably think about it because I think it’s pretty important. 

I say that because I see so many people in churches these days smiling and singing praises to God on Sunday morning… And then they leave and go back to their homes and jobs and friends and they look and act no different than anyone else. And they don’t seem happy. And they don’t seem joyful. And they don’t seem to have peace… And there is something wrong with that—isn’t there? 

I think part of the problem is that we often don’t believe that we are a new creation in Christ—that we are new, and alive, and empowered, and free! 

What do you think? What does Paul mean with this whole idea of us being a “new creation”? Is it true? Is it real? If so, what difference does it make in my life?

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One Response to “LOST”
  1. Rick Knapp says:

    Okay, I’m coming out of the closet on this one. My wife and I are huge LOST fans! We will pause the show many times during its airing and discuss the clues that are given and try to make sense of where the show is going.
    I think that it is true that one of the appeals of the show is that the characters have troubling pasts or physical or emotional damage but now find themselves in a new place where they can shed it all and start new.

    I have been in the situation several times in my life where I have thought…”If I could just move away from here….to someplace where nobody knows me….and just start all over again it would be so refreshing and calming to my soul.” Most of the time it was in response to a circumstance that I wanted to escape.

    There is something “refreshing to the soul” about being relieved of the burdens of the past and starting with a fresh clean slate.
    Being a new creation in Christ is what this is all about. If I truly understand that I am a brand new cleansed and holy creature by the work of Christ in my life, then I am free to start over, to live my life in a totally new direction….one with purpose, one where I can be who I always dreamed of being, one where I can be who I was always meant to be!

    What really makes a difference is believing it to be true.
    In my previous example, I said that I wished that I could just move away and start over. Let’s just say I went for it. I cut all my strings from my past, packed a suitcase and moved across the country to where no one knew me where I could start fresh. What sense would it make if over the next few months or even years I continued to live my life the same way I had lived it before I moved! Did I really believe that I was starting over?

    I think it is the same way when God tells us that we are NEW Creations with a new life. If I have difficulty believing this to be true, then I will see myself as being the way I used to be and I will continue to follow the same old patterns of life that I have always lived. BUT, If I truly believe that I am new, that I am clean, that I am free from my past, and Christ is going to lead me in a new meaningful, abundant life, then I am going to be excited about the prospects of this new start and not go back.

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