Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
Out with the old and in with the new. Today begins a brand new year with new opportunities and challenges. At least, for today, the emphasis is on “new” as thoughts turn to making resolutions to change something about yourself or your life.
Not everybody makes New Year’s resolutions but many people do. Some of us have broken so many resolutions we no longer see the point in trying. In reality, each of us knows something personal that needs changing. If you’re clueless about what needs to be changed, there’s usually somebody close to you ready and willing to make suggestions.
Now, let’s bring God into the picture. What would God want you to change about your life? After all, you are His “new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” When you gave your life to Christ you were given all that you need to become the new creation that God intended. However, it doesn’t come instantaneously. You must nurture the seed that was planted in you to bring it to maturity.
When a baby is born it doesn’t come into the world as a mature adult. The child requires nurturing and guidance to reach his or her potential. If you’re a parent, you understand the enormous difficulty of that task.
Growing into the Christian God wants you to be is also a daunting task. There is far more to it than just occasionally showing up for church or memorizing a bible verse. Spiritual growth is a lifelong journey. Until you take up residence in your heavenly home, there will always be something to work on.
My wife gave me my Christmas gift early this year. I couldn’t wait to get my new cell phone home so I could get it up and running. This was a replacement phone… just more bells and whistles. It did so much more than my old phone. I could go online, text, take pictures, make and receive phone calls, and find my away around with GPS.
As soon as I got home, I began the process of opening the box. Soon I realized that a devious individual had designed a packaging device that was impossible to open. I was unable tear it open. Scissors didn’t work. Even a box cutter was no match for the strength of the plastic surrounding my new phone. Although considered, dynamite was not an option. Finally, after about 30 minutes of slicing, chiseling, and bending, I removed the packaging.
Then came the easy to use instructions. At least, that’s what it said in the manual. “It takes about 15 minutes to activate your service.” Wrong! Try 2 days.
48 hours after making the purchase, I made my first phone call. Then a client called and left me a voice message. It took another day to find out how to retrieve it.
Change takes considerable effort, commitment, and persistence. Change that is necessary for becoming the new creation for which you have been designed takes continual and consistent prayer, study, discipline, and hard work. The benefits far outweigh the effort. As you become more like Christ you will change, not only you, but the world around you. You will be a better person — better parent — better spouse, better friend, better servant, better employee, better everything.
Back to the question I asked earlier: What does God want you to change about your life? What, in your heart of hearts, do you know about yourself that God wants changed or improved? What is it that He has placed upon your heart He wants you to accomplish?
Prayerfully, ask Him to help you establish your resolutions for change in this New Year. Trust Him to help you make it happen.
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Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 1 (January – March) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.