New Life in the New Year

I watched in wonder as snow sifted like sugar from the January sky and transformed my backyard and the fields beyond. All day long it continued forming huge marshmallows of white fluff on my deck table and railings and blanketing my vista in a pristine white. My heart grew lighter and my steps more energetic.

It’s as if the Lord were reminding me, “I make all things new.”

Sometimes we need to remember that God makes all things new, including our lives–if we are willing. Check out for yourself some of those new things he offers:

  • New Life. When we become Christians, we become new persons. We are “not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun” (2 Corinthians 5:17*).
  • New Nature. God gives us “a brand-new nature that is continually being renewed as [we] learn more and more about Christ, who created this new nature within [us]” (Colossians 3:10*).
  • New Courage. He refreshes the humble and gives “new courage to those with repentant hearts” (Isaiah 57:15*).
  • New Heart. He gives us “a new heart with new and right desires” (Ezekiel 36:26*).
  • New Relationship. “So now we can rejoice in our wonderful relationship with God–all because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done for us in making us friends of God” Romans 5:1*).

And in the future, God will give his children new bodies that will never get sick or die (I Corinthians 15:5). He will create a new heavens and a new earth that are so wonderful we’ll never again think about the old ones (Isaiah 65:17. We will live in a place without death, sorrow, crying or pain (Revelation 21:4).

As we begin this New Year, we can move into much more than the days to come. We can decide to move into the unfailing certainty of what our God assures us.

Focus: “Look, I am making all thing new!” ~ Revelation 21:5, New Living Translation.

How about you? Are you ready to step into the all things new the Lord God Almighty is offering you? If not, what’s holding you back from this newness of life? He’s waiting with arms opened wide.

*  All scriptures from the New living Translation of the Holy Bible.