Most people have seen images of buildings being destroyed by a wrecking ball. What most people don’t see is that at one point, the same building was shiny and new.
A few decades pass and like most things, becomes weathered and old. It’s usefulness was now done. Something of greater value needed to be built in its place.
So it gets smashed. And a wrecking ball doesn’t mess around, either. Give it some time, but the building is going down.
In the Book of Acts, God had plans for a man named Saul. A righteous man by human standards, he was also a persecutor of Christians and all things Jesus.
Little known to Saul, God had other plans for his life. He dramatically met him and turned his life upside-down in a such a dramatic way that he changed Sauls’ name to Paul.
The name change was not without purpose. Saul was no longer of value. Everything that Saul had built for gain in his life was not relevant to what God had planned for him. Saul’s life needed the wrecking ball.
Once destroyed, Paul got his new name and God got to work on building what He wanted for Paul’s life.
We don’t go changing our name, but destroying the old is part of the process for building the new.
Knocking down the old structures of who we used to be is important for the Christian. It allows God to start from ground level and build us into something new, strong, and useful for His purpose.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17