I love new stuff. It doesn’t need to be “brand new”; new to me is just fine. My new cars have all been previously owned, but they were new to me when I acquired them. I love the excitement that comes with learning about all the new things that come my way. Sometimes I take them apart and put them back to together. With others there is a “break in” period where I explore all the features, at least most of them. I still have a smart phone that is much smarter than I am. I’m still learning more and more daily about my Bibleworks computer software. It’s amazing what it can do.
However, there’s nothing quite like finding out more about the new creation God as made me. I still thrill as I find out that all things are new. I don’t have to put up with my old man or my old nature. God has so lovingly and graciously provided a new one. What a thrill to explore it! How exciting to see it in action! I can do things I never thought were possible. But with God all things are possible.
I like celebrating a new year because I like everything new. As a believer, I know that God is into new things, too.
II Corinthians 5:17-21:
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
In fact, in the last book of the New Testament, God promises, “Behold, I make all things new.” I anticipate new things… new adventures… reigning in newness of life in every category. I’m enjoying my new birth, and expecting God’s promises of new beginnings and new mercies on a daily basis.
God offers us new life through Jesus Christ, and we are to reign in it. We are brand new people created in Christ Jesus unto good works (Ephesians 2:10). Let’s get busy in our Father’s business and bring the realities of the new man into manifestation as we walk and talk with Him.
By Wayne Clapp