It’s a new year, and I’ve just recently acquired a bunch of new stuff. Some of it is cool, like my new used car or my family’s new Keurig, but some of it doesn’t seem that special, like a new charging cable for my Kindle.
All of this “new” stuff is exciting and fun, but nothing is as exciting as the prospect that this year, this month, this day, this minute I have been made new.
When I was in high school, our youth group had a verse that we highlighted as our theme:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17
I loved that verse, loved the idea of being a “new creation,” but the verse means so much more than that. It’s not just that I’ve been made new: I’m a part of a wave of new creation that is working its way through the universe. I’m that same wave of new creation that is currently breaking down bad habits and addictions, overturning lies that I’ve believed about myself, healing old hurts, and restoring the image of God in my soul.
It’s just beautiful to think about—no matter how broken I was I can be made new. Nothing in the past has to remain; shame is not a permanent condition. Christ has come to renew us, to set us free. Check out this verse from the King James Version of the Bible:
Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Revelation 21:5
Behold! I love that! It’s like Jesus is yelling, enthusiastically calling out to us, “Look at this! I’m making all things new! I’m fixing everything!”
That proclamation of newness can apply to you, as well. Jesus longs to make you new, to take your old life and give you a new one. It’s a new year, and you can be made new as well. Let Jesus restore you. Look for Him through prayer and worship. Open your heart to hear from Him, and He will answer you.
If you’d like, listen to the song “Dry Bones” by Gungor. Let the words of the song echo the cry of your heart.
Jesus, You’re the one who saves us
Constantly creates us into something new
Jesus, surely you will finds us
Surely our Messiah will make all things new
Will make all things new