Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.”
It’s a new year! A chance for new beginnings and a new way of life!
But as Christians, we often forget that we have already been made new. Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
We have a new nature inside, one enlivened by the Holy Spirit. So we can be bold even when we are afraid. We can be kind even when we feel ill-tempered because God is there to strengthen us. All those things we want to do, but can’t, God can do through us.
But what about the times we fail? One of my favorite C. S. Lewis quotes from Mere Christianity is on that subject.
“Very often what God first helps us towards is not the virtue itself but just this power of always trying again.”
C. S. Lewis
God is in the process of making us entirely new creations. There is still an old nature in us that God is helping us overcome. We will only be perfect on the last day when we are raised incorruptible. But until then, He is like a careful gardener; pruning, watering and cultivating us until we are complete in Him.
We may feel like we failed last year, but God did grow us, though perhaps not in the direction we thought we needed to. He is changing our hearts, minds and actions in different ways every day. Our growth may be small, almost imperceptible, but if we are in Christ, it will always be there.