Every year around the beginning of November I begin praying that God will give me a word for the new year. It’s not a resolution, because, in my opinion, resolutions set us up for failure. But a word from God, now that’s something the I love. I find each year as I pray during the last months of the year that the Lord always reveals a word or a phrase for me.
In past years words for me have been: light, shine, forgive, and this year, new. Over and over again this year I find myself in new situations, experiencing new things, and even starting over new as a result of forgiveness.
This year, even at Christmas time as I decorated my home, I found myself saying, “This is all new. New ornaments, new attitudes, a new focus on awaiting the arrival of Christ, and I even wrote and published my first devotional book; that too was new.
One of the most beautiful scriptures God provides regarding being new is found in 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come. (ESV)
When we are in Christ, our identity is new. We become spiritually new through a glorious union with Christ. He redeems and renews our spirits and a new beginning to our eternity occurs.
The word new means fresh. In Christ we are a fresh creation, a new life, we experience fresh doctrine, a brand new spirit and a new way of living.
As you consider your identity in Christ, remember this, because He is the resurrection and the life, the old you has passed away. It is gone! And by the amazing grace and overwhelming mercy of our Lord, security comes from Christ alone. No longer do we need to try to cling to things of this world for comfort because Christ is our comfort.
He wore our sin and shame, and he paid a debt he did not owe our debt. In him, we have a blessed assurance, a guarantee of an inheritance that lies in heaven, and we become new. Newness is a spiritual perspective, not a physical one. Our life becomes focused on eternity, not temporal things, and in a life changed by Christ, our lives should produce fruit; beautiful evidence of life changed, redeemed by Christ.
The greatest gift God could ever grant you is newness in Christ. In Christ you are reborn, renewed, made over by him and for him.
By which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desires. 2 Peter 1:4 (ESV)
Today as you consider your identity in Christ, wipe away the old. Just let it go! Release the bitterness, anger, hurt, and grudges you may be holding. They will only hold you back from experiencing the fullness of life in Christ.
Embrace the beauty of receiving Christ’s precious gift and great promises. Your life has changed, and all things have become – new.