Galatians 5:24 (ESV)
And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
If your old self was “crucified with Christ”, then your new self is found in the risen Christ. Jesus killed your sin, now your soul lives in Christ. There is no longer a sinful nature calling the shots, but God’s Holy Spirit. You actually desire to please God and learn from Him, and there is a real and radical change within and without.
The reason why you’re different now is because it’s no longer your sinful nature that is in control, but God’s transforming work going on inside you. There is a new pilot directing your life, since you never had control to begin with; your aircraft was about to crash, but now you’re headed toward a new destination.
Now that you see where you were headed (eternal Hell separated from the blessings of God), and have now received mercy (not getting what you deserve) and grace (something you could never earn), of course your perspective will change. Now that the lights are on inside, you see what needs to change. Sin is uglier than ever, and the more of God’s word you take in, the sweeter it becomes to know Him, and the stench of this world sickens you. However, there’s more:
It no longer becomes about you, but others. You see that how your sin didn’t end with your actions, it also impacted other people. God gave you a heart transplant, and your heart of stone that was dead to life is now gone, and replaced with a real, beating, living, heart that is now yours in Christ. Take care of it! Guard it! Sin’s power may be gone, but its presence is still in your life.
Today, remember to continue to grow in obedience to God’s word. Psalm 37 tells us, “delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” These “desires” are godly desires, because ultimately you desire Christ over every earthly treasure fighting for first place. Don’t forget that you are a new person. The old is gone, the new has come.