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Making the Most of the New Year

January 26, 2016

Grace to you! Christmas is over and the New Year is at our doorstep! It’s the time people look to start afresh. For many, it’s time to start that diet that was thrown out the window during the holiday season. For others, it’s time to get their life organized, to simplify, to stay in more, to go out more, etc. People have a host of reasons for the new adventures they plan on in the coming year. But why is it when every New Year comes around people talk about having a new focus for their life? What is about a New Year that inspires a sense of renewal?

The impulse for renewal is woven into the very fabric and woof of our being. As creatures made in the image of God, we all have a sense of something not being right about our lives. We see brokenness in us and around us. Sometimes due to our own choices, sometimes at no fault of our own! However we come to experience the sense of brokenness in our lives, we know in our inner most being that something needs to change. The official first day of the New Year becomes a launching point for our expectations that things can be better than they were the year before. The New Year gives a sense that the not-so-good stuff of my past year is now behind me and I can now have a new start. It serves, in a sense, as a mini-deliverance.

We love movies, songs, and even New Years that show us the possibility of deliverance. If we would listen to the inner cries of our heart, they would point us back to the greater deliverance we all long for. Scripture says in Romans 1:20-22, “ For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope  that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.  For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.” All of creation, including ourselves, lies under the heavy weight of the presence of sin in the world and the absence of the fullness of God Himself. We love hero movies where everything gets fixed in the end. We love books where the knight slays the dragon for the final victory. And we like New Years for the small opportunity it holds out for us to have things better than they have been. But we shouldn’t settle for shadows of the reality. God has much more for us to experience.

Jesus talked about the new birth (John 3:5), the opportunity to be a completely new spiritual person (2 Corinthians 5:17), and to experience a glorious ending to the greatest story of all in the New Heavens and New Earth with Him! (See Revelation 21-22). The New Years taps into our God given desire for renewal, for letting the bad things go, and clinging to a hope for a better tomorrow. Let this New Year remind you to think of the everlasting renewal that comes by knowing Jesus Christ, the only One who can and will ultimately make all things new! (Revelation 21:5)

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