I was reading these very typical thoughts about New Years:
“It’s hard not to get the resolution urge on New Year’s Eve. There’s that sense of renewal, of rebirth, and the guilty awareness that you ate your own weight in chocolate during the holidays. Sure, last year’s resolutions didn’t make it past the fifth of January, but hey, this year’s going to be different, right? The main reason some people think about New Year’s Resolutions is because they want to change things in their life…Out with the old in with the new.”
So, most of us have our New Year’s celebrations – a party, watching the big ball drop in Times Square, or spending a quiet evening of reflection at home. But, I’ve been thinking that for those of us who are believers in Jesus Christ, New Year’s is really nothing special.
Newness is not a one-time-thing for Christians. It’s not even an annual thing.
This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.” Lamentations 3:21-24
The words used for “hope” in the Bible mean – “A positive, expectant confidence.” It has no relation to the modern usage of “cross your fingers and wish”… like when we say, “maybe or maybe not… but I hope so.”
The positive, expectant confidence we have as Christ followers is not a one-time thing or even an annual thing. It is an every-morning thing! So, again, New Year’s is nothing special.
Yes, the calendar changes. For those of us who still actually write checks, we have to be conscious of a new year in the date line. But in reality, for believers in Jesus all the major changes are happening every single day.
A new life begins when we accept Christ into our lives and turn our lives over to our Savior and Lord. But we should never forget that the “new” life is continually new every morning.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Old things in our lives are gone when we first accept the Lord. But, I continually discover some old thing lying in some dark, dusty corner of my heart. When I do, I can confess that old sin and thank God for His grace that my newness in Him is like the new day’s dawn. I am new every single day! Not just once and certainly not just on New Year’s Day.
The word “new” in 2 Corinthians 5:17… doesn’t mean a brand new thing… It means a fresh thing. In Greek the word is “kainos” of which Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary Of Old and New Testament Words says,
Kainos denotes “new,” of that which is unaccustomed or unused, not “new” in time, recent, but “new” as to form or quality, of different nature from what is contrasted as old.
As a new creation in Christ – all things become new… in that they are fresh.
God’s lovingkindness, which is another way of saying His “grace and mercy,” are fresh every single morning of every single day…A fresh perspective, a fresh start, a fresh opportunity to praise God and serve Him through another 24-hour period.
And the Big News…This new freshness of life is not because of our determination or resolution. Lamentations 3: 23 makes it crystal clear… it is all because of God,
“Great is Your faithfulness.”
It is totally and completely God! Now THAT is something in which we can have a confident hope. God never breaks His resolutions!
Think about it… and Happy New Day.