"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV
We crave newness. Unspoiled freshness. New car smell. Peeling the protective plastic off an electronic device. Puppy breath. Baby powder.
Newness feels...hopeful, promising, alive with possibility.
Newness hasn't made mistakes.
Newness hasn't been soiled by carelessness or ignorance or cruelty.
Newness feels perfect.
I'm the queen of new year's resolutions. I've resolved for years...and failed to follow through a lot of the time. The weight doesn't come off. I still lose patience too easily and too often. My house doesn't stay tidy and organized. It doesn't even start being tidy and organized.
These failures have lead me to rig my resolutions so I wouldn't fail by resolving to do things I already do. Yay, I learned and created some things last year! Go, me! I won!
The newness we gain in Christ, however, is different. What does this mean..."if a man be in Christ"? Well, it means giving your life to Him, surrendering your sin to Him, opening your heart to be filled with His love and to let His love flow through our hearts and hands and into the world, where it will make other old, broken, hurting hearts new, whole, and healthy.
We don't make anything new. We are conduits of Christ's healing love and grace and mercy in a broken and soiled world.
The purpose of newness in Christ isn't a smaller waist or cleaner home. The purpose of newness in Christ is relationship with Him, seeing the world in His eyes, and relating to that world in a new way.
In Christ, we can do all things that are good and righteous.
How will you see the world through Christ's eyes? How will you be a path for His love to flow into the world? How will your new year's resolutions reflect your gratitude for His salvation, given to you unearned and unmerited, freely and abundantly?