There is excitement about something new. Our anticipation of what will be different does something within us unlike anything else. With this new year comes new opportunities and new challenges. There is a chance to grow, to not make the same mistakes we made last year. Every semester I was in college and Seminary (8 semesters altogether) I would start off by cleaning and organizing my room (or wherever I would be studying). My thought was to start out fresh, to do all my work, to do it well. I always thought, “this time it will be different…it will be better.” Usually by the third week in, I was in the same old routines. Even though I knew this would happen, I still got excited about something new.
God’s Word tells us that as Christians, we are new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that if any person is in Christ, they are a new creation, old things have passed away and all things have become new. What a great promise. So often as believers we get back into the same routines we had before but we don’t have to. We are new. With the strength of the Holy Spirit we can live in the new life. We don’t have to live as we used to.
This Saturday, January 12, at connect: we will be talking about being new. What can we do different and new this year and the rest of our lives. I pray you will be able to come and be a part of this special night!