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Celebrating the New!

Why do most of us get so excited about a new year? We make resolutions, sign up for exercise programs, tackle new projects, and turn over new leaves—why?

Because within the core of our being we crave transformation.

We know ourselves, we know that we need to change our habits, change our lifestyle . . . we’re in desperate need of change! There is a yearning to return to our pre-fallen condition (although most people probably don’t even realize it) and escape the bondage of shame, failure, and depravity. Experientially, the results of the fall affect us constantly. Not only does creation groan under the corruption of our fallen conditions, we groan. We were not created to live in this state.

Way back in the beginning of it all, God placed His image bearers in an environment where beauty, perfection, security, new life, and pleasure all coexisted in a holy community. But then came “the fall” when sin entered the world, it wrecked everything.

The fall was the beginning of the end for us—until the new work of the cross came to redeem us.

We crave starting fresh; starting new—because we need that new work!

If Jesus is your Savior—you are a “new work.” He’s taken your old life and transformed you into a new creation:

[box]Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Cor. 5:17)[/box]

Nothing could be classified as “newer” than that!

But the new doesn’t stop there. He’s at work in your life as you yield to Him and allow Him to grow you into that new creation He birthed:

[box]“Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up . . .” (1 Peter 2:2)[/box]

We all need to change. I desperately need the spiritual growth that brings change. That need affects the way I approach each day.

My day typically begins really early, but that wasn’t always the case. Not at all. But something happened when I made a commitment to meet with God first thing—I started getting excited about that meeting time, even anticipating it the night before—and that’s what gets me up in the wee hours. I can’t wait to see what new thing He’s going to teach me! I can’t wait to see the new sunrise He has (it’s never the same, and the new never gets old!). I can’t wait to learn the new lessons He has waiting for me. I need that, because I need to change—I need to grow up!

I’ve found that I’m more aware of the “new” works God is doing all around me when I’m sucking up that pure spiritual milk. As I’m saturating my heart and mind with Scripture, my eyes are opened wider, my ears are more finely tuned, my heart is more responsive . . . and the “new” can’t be missed. The new is happening everywhere!

The new is happening in my simple little life today, but I’m heading toward a dramatic and eternal “new” and you are, too:

[box]And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Rev. 21:5)[/box]

The “new” our heart craves—is on His agenda!

Only He can make all things “new.” Only He can step into our drab days and fill them with adventure. Only He can take this messed up world, and transform it into a perfect and new paradise for His glory.

If you’ve missed the new He has for you today, pause now and spend some time asking Him why. Then ask Him to open your heart to receive the new lessons He has for you.

What new thing is He doing in your life?

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