Having something that is new and fresh is quite special. It could be that new (or near new) car smell, the new dress that makes me feel beautiful or the newest phone that could probably run the world if it was just a little bit more independent. The experience of having something new, of learning how it works and enjoying the process, is something that most of us experience at some point. I think that Paul is trying to convey the memory of that fresh new feeling in today's passage.
Today’s passage is reminding the church of Corinth of the lasting impact of the freedom they have, now that they have entered a new relationship with God through Jesus. This freedom allows them to disregard some of the trappings of the Jewish tradition. It is through letting go of those trappings that the faithful can embrace the transformation process to become who God has called them to be.
As I was reading this this passage, there were a few challenges that stood out for me. One was how close I am to holding onto the trappings of my faith. Am I getting to caught up on the format of a service or a particular way that we do things just because we have always done them that way and ignoring the way that God might be working in a service or community that I am apart of. The other thing that stood out for me is this question; Am I letting the Holy Spirit transform me?
As I reflect on my life, I want to be sure that I am not putting 'things', processes or unhelpful traditions, in a place of priority over my walk with God; And I want to be sure that God gets access to all of my life so that I might experience the fullness of freedom that is promised to me in this passage? Today, have a think about how you are enjoying your walk with God and if you are struggling with this, is there something that you need to lift up to Him so that you can continue to grow into who God is calling you to be?