New life, new perspective.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Is there something extraordinary about January 1st? To most people January is always an exciting time of the year. Everyone is packed with excitement, the energy is high, and we’re eagerly anticipating the beginning of what we call a “fresh start”. As the year comes to a close, we may celebrate the end what might have been a challenging and demanding year. With the coming of a new year, we start to feel and believe that great things are ahead!
What is it that causes us to pick the first day of a new year to commit to seeing and doing things better and more effective than the year before? Why do we pick this time of the year to commit to a gym routine, or to spend more time with our families? We even commit to making our relationship with Christ a priority. I’m convinced it’s because we are filled with hope that with a new start things will be better.
Starting off committed is easy, but then comes February 1st, and all the commitments are out the window. I’ve been there myself, so I completely understand. You start making progress on some of your goals, but then life happens! We start to feel bogged down by the cares and heaviness of the world and our diligence begins to suffer. We lose our positive attitude and begin to believe that the new is year is going to turn out just like last year. When we think about it, we must ask ourselves, “What did I lose along the way? Did I really lose hope, or did I simply lose discipline?”
Every day we are given the opportunity to be made new because of the love and faithfulness of Christ. In 2 Corinthians, Paul says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (5:17). Many times we sit in a rut, feeling like a failure. We remain stagnant, finding it hard to pick ourselves up and move forward. We’re not perfect and God knows that. Psalms 103:14 says, “For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.”
It is amazing that God knows we will fail and make mistakes, yet still He is moved with compassion towards us daily. “It is of the Lord ‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:21).
Our new start can’t be found in more visits to the gym, more friends, or more money. Our new start is only found in Jesus. Don’t let past failures keep you from having the confidence to push forward. Don’t allow past successes become an excuse to stay stagnant. Don’t let anything keep you from pursuing even greater victories. Change your perspective and forget those things which are behind you. Press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. In all of this we have to remain disciplined. Jesus is looking for disciples. It’s not enough for us to just believe. We have to be disciplined and continue in His word.
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, if ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32).
Lord I’m so grateful that you’re in control so I don’t have to be. Help me to see failures and mistakes as you see them. Thank you for your radical grace that makes all things new. I love you Lord, and I want to be close to you, always sure of the fresh start I’ve been given because of Your sacrifice. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.