a new creation

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)

After reading yesterday how there is nothing new you’d be forgiven for being somewhat confused.

But there is no contradiction between the conflicting statements as they’re two sides of the same coin.

Yesterday was about how human nature and the history we create through our actions repeats itself. Repeatedly.

Without God we are doomed to an inevitable cycle of sinful behaviour and its painful consequences.

However, God offers us a way out of this rut.

If we are “in Christ”.

There are no alternative methods. No other paths.

For Jesus is “the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).

We cannot pick-and-choose a religion to suit our own inclinations and interests and personal beliefs.

Only through Christ.

But how wonderful it is that we can be “washed” (1 Corinthians 6:11) clean.

Because once we accept Him as our Lord and Saviour we are no longer under God’s “condemnation” (Romans 8:1).

We are “reconciled” to God through Christ (2 Corinthians 5:18).

Kim+

prayer : thank you that I am a new creation

action : help make me a better “ambassador for Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:20)

there is nothing new

‘What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new?”
It has been already in the ages before us. There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be among those who come after.’ Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 (ESV)

Sobering words as we start the New Year.

Our natural optimism has us hoping, trusting, expecting that this year will be better than the last.

We tend to focus on what we can improve and how we can change. Especially at this time of year.

Resolving to be better, thinner, fitter, faster, smarter.

But we need to “remember” that some things never change.

History has a nasty habit of repeating itself.

Sadly, sin is alive and well and prevalent in our fallen world. Distorting our impure thoughts and our selfish actions.

How many of us make New Year’s resolutions that are all about us?

I’m just as guilty as the next person. And there’s something commendable about trying to grow and develop and refine our thinking and behaviours.

But have you ever thought of making them about others? Or God for that matter?

Endeavouring to be kinder? More patient? Loving? Showing greater self-control?

Thankfully, in spite of our shortcomings, God never changes. He was, and is and is to come (Revelation 4:8).

Kim+

prayer : ask God to renew and change me

action : implement a daily “5 Love Languages” action plan