Happy New Year!
As we’re busy with our new beginning and thoughts of the potential of the future are swirling in our heads, joined by some great determination to fulfill our resolutions, I want to briefly remind you of something.
Having a fresh start- a new calendar year, a new school year, a new year of life- is incredibly refreshing to us. But the best new beginning that we can have is the one that occurs when we become Christians. It’s a real brand new start.
I’ve heard a number of people comment on the fact that nothing is particularly special about New Year’s Day in terms of the day itself. If we didn’t have calendars or weren’t aware, we wouldn’t treat it any differently. But when we’re born again in Christ, we have a genuinely new life. No other new beginning can compare.
The fun thing about it is (though ironically this is also, very frequently, the incredibly frustrating thing) that we don’t acknowledge Christ as our Savior and then immediately skip off to heaven. He makes us new- it’s a process, and we’re stuck on earth for a while. But the good part of this is that every day, every second, we can be made new. That is where those resolutions might come in.
Ephesians 4:22-24 says that “you were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
I think that we’ll get a lot further with the things that we listed to make this year great if we remember that their foundation is not the excitement and potential of just a new year; their truest and strongest foundation is the new life that we have in Christ. Our goal isn’t just achieving things to make us stronger, better, or healthier in this life; it’s the prize for which we’ve been called heavenward in Christ Jesus.
It’s a wonderful reminder: I was not made for this world and the very best, the part that I’ve been working towards and waiting for, is yet to come.