New (year)

So often times we hear a lot about the newest things. Like, the new iPhone 7, or the new sports car, or new styles or New Years’ resolutions.

But do we really talk about what it means to be new in Christ?

We get so hyped up about getting new things, I feel like we often find ourselves going in circles.

It’s like this. We buy a new phone and then a new one comes out with better apps and so we get that one and then they come out with another new phone with better memory and battery so we get that one. Then they come out with another one, one more step up. This one has a camera that takes better pictures than a “Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera with 24-105mm f/4L II Lens.” (I’m not kidding, that’s an actual camera.) This cycle just goes over and over and over again until we have stacks of old phones in the corner.

Let’s make that analogy with Jesus. (You knew it was coming.)

We sin and ask for forgiveness and it seems to be going well, but then we sin again and then we do it all again, over and over, until we are caught up to our necks in sin. *

Being new in God doesn’t mean there are new apps.

It doesn’t come in a fancy lettered envelope or in fancy wrapping paper. It comes through these six words:

He gave His life for mine. **

God sent His only Son to die on a cross for our sins so we could be new creations.
So we can have eternal life through Him and with Him.

Now, being new with Him is a big decision.

We can’t just do that “repeat after me” prayer we learned in Sunday School when we were 3.

I was listening to my youth paster a couple weeks ago and I came upon this thought. “Religion is tradition, but faith is a decision.”

Let out faith. Show the world that we are new creations this new year.

*Think of the Israelites.  They were also stuck in a cycle of sin.

**”How Can it Be” by Lauren Daigle

 

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