2014 — another brand new year stretching out in front of us. I suspect that some will be making New Year's resolutions.
I read the resolution of one man whose heart was moved to work with children. His resolution: “I resolve to work with neglected children ... my own.”
The idea of things changing and being “new” is not new. The God of the universe invented the idea of newness. He had created a brand new world, and then created man to live in and enjoy it.
And then after our fall into sin He developed a brand new strategy to bring us out of the pit and back to Himself. Speaking of this new plan, God said through Jeremiah the prophet, “I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.”
In Ezekiel, God spoke, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you.” In the New Testament, the Apostle Peter spoke of this newness and said, “In His great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
The Lord Jesus Himself had spoken of this new birth saying that “you must be born again,” or, born from above. This is known as the “new birth.” Once this new life in Jesus begins it leads to all sorts of newness.
Jeremiah, in his lamentation over Israel, said, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Would that not be a wonderful resolution to hold to, just realizing that God’s love and compassion are new every morning?
And what about David, who said in the Psalms, “Sing to the Lord a new song.” What a wonderful newness, that every morning I can sing a new song from a new heart.
The Apostle Paul adds this in a letter to the church, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
And for those who have this new life, the future is almost incomprehensible with newness. God says through the prophet Isaiah, “Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth.”
And again in the Revelation of Jesus Christ, “I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.” The bride is made up of God’s people, those of the new birth, and the husband is the Lord Jesus. What an awesome promise of a new future.
Resolve this year to know new life in Jesus. Make a resolution to let Him change your heart and life and make you brand new. It is a resolution that Jesus can keep.