You Don't Have to Wait for New Year's
The New Year brings with it a sense of hope for many. Although it’s really just another day, it seems to grant us a special feeling of newness that we look forward to and long for—a chance to change habits, make a fresh start, embrace a healthier lifestyle, etc. In short, a new year encourages us to become better.
It’s great to pursue that and to make God-glorifying resolutions, however, we in the body of Christ don’t have to wait for New Year’s to taste the beauty of newness and make changes in our lives.
2 Corinthians 5:17 is a glorious verse on the newness we receive at the moment of our salvation: “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” This is a fact. If you are in Christ, He has made you new. But new to what extent?
THE SPIRIT'S INDWELLING
Prior to our salvation, we did not possess the life-giving Holy Spirit, who now dwells within us (1 Corinthians 3:16; Romans 8:9). The Spirit so works in us to enable us to live a life of increasing holiness in conformity to the will of God, becoming more and more like Christ:
"For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:6
What’s the common mantra of our day? People never change. Yet, when the clock strikes midnight to usher in January 1st, millions of people everywhere will seek to do just that—change.
If we are seeking to make changes that will help us become better lovers of God and representatives of Him in this world, we need not wait for the new year, for we always have access to the true agent of our change, namely, the Holy Spirit that indwells us:
"But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh." Galatians 5:16
He’s even referred to by Christ as our Helper:
"I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;” John 14:16
It’s good to reflect on areas of weakness and sin in our lives and to ask the Lord to help us change. Let us not forget He has made victory possible through the presence and power of the Spirit’s indwelling and the continual use of the Spiritual disciplines: Bible Study, worship, confession of sin, and prayer. This pursuit is a lifelong one and doesn't depend on the day or month or year. May we be resolved to glorify God at all times, for what a sweet and merciful Savior we serve, one who made the ultimate sacrifice so we could know and enjoy Him forever!
"For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body (1 Corinthians 6:20)."
Take some time to examine your heart. Prayerfully and thoughtfully think about the changes you need the Lord to help you make and the sins you need His help to overcome. Consider these rules for self discovery from A.W. Tozer:
- What I want most;
- What I think about most;
- How I use my money;
- What I do with my leisure time;
- The company I enjoy;
- Who and what I admire;
- What I laugh at.
- Galatians 5
- 1 Corinthians 6:12-20