As time passes, we get older. Not only us. Our homes, our clothes, our possessions, all look older. They lose the freshness they once had. Books have to be dusted, walls painted, curtains washed. Things lose their shine with time. Brassware, silver, even the gold medals and awards we may have won, need to be polished. Gadgets wear out as they get old and require maintenance. The fragrance of flowers, the juiciness of fruits, the aroma of freshly baked bread, last but for a while.
Everything becomes stale with time and needs rest and recovery. That is why God had commanded his people to abstain from work on the seventh day and to keep that day holy. (Exodus 20:8) Not only that, every seven years, farmland was to be given rest, and no crop could be sown in that year. (Leviticus 25:4)
In today’s world, we have no time to wait or relax . Night and day make little difference to life. But in our continuous effort to remain productive, efficient, informed and presentable, we start becoming stale somewhere on the way. Aging sets in slowly but surely. We try to put up a bold appearance, and we may even succeed, but inwardly we begin to wear out.
That is where St Paul’s argument about the newness of life becomes very appealing even in this modern age. (Romans 6:4, 7:6) He says that the old law of sin and punishment is no longer applicable to those who have come to know Christ. They do not have to be bound by the oldness of the written law, but they must learn to walk in the newness of life which is in the spirit.