Read: 2 Corinthians 5:11-21
Consider: For many people New Year is a time of new beginnings; a time when they make resolutions to do something that they think will make their lives better. This might be to lose weight, eat or drink less, to work harder, spend less, save more, etc. The problem with New Year resolutions is that for most people they only last a few days, weeks at most, before they are forgotten.
Considering new beginnings got me thinking of the verse from 2 Corinthians 5:17 where Paul speaks of new beginnings in terms of the new creation. The implication is that once the new creation has come, the old way of life has gone. This does not mean that once a person commits their life to Christ that the human nature disappears, but it does mean that the new life as a Christian is characterised by a completely different view on life – one that begins to see things from God’s perspective.
The key to this verse is not ‘… the new creation has come …’, nor is it ‘… the new is here!’. The key to this verse is the words ‘… in Christ …’. If you are in Christ you are already a new creation. If not, then take this opportunity to turn your life over to God, seeking his forgiveness through Christ.
As you enter a new year, may you be found in Christ, committed to him. During this coming year you may have to face many things that you’d rather not face, but always remember that God is with you each step of the way.
Do not be like those against whom Jeremiah said these words: This is what the Lord says: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, “We will not walk in it” (Jeremiah 6:16).
Instead may your experience be that of those spoken of by Isaiah in these terms:
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it’ (Isaiah 30:21).
Pray: Father, we do not know what the new year holds for us, but you know. Help us to listen for your guidance, so that we may walk in the path you have chosen for us. Amen