Posted on Sun, Dec 30, 2018
Pastor Bob Norton
The clock inches toward midnight. Car horns blare in rhythmic celebration. Firecrackers crackle in the air. Parties erupt into circuses of handshaking and hugging. Confetti falls like snow; liquor flows like water. It’s New Year’s Eve, the celebration of the end of the year and the beginning of the new year. Or is it? “What’s so new about it anyway?” When the celebration eases, what’s really happened? The same job and the same routines dominate our days. The same friends and the same activities consume our nights. The brimming boxcars
of our intentions rarely get untracked from old habits. We spi n our wheels most of the time anyway. “Oh, but I’ve made New Year’s resolutions. They give me a new lease on life.” Not really. New Year’s resolutions are aspirin tablets to dull the pain of our futility. They are down payments on true change. We promise a lot, but we
can’t deliver. Before the year’s first month is out, our resolve is ruined. It’s not that we don’t want to change
our ways; it’s that we aren’t able to. The harder we try, the harder we fail. Just about the time we gloat over our accomplishments, we blow it. A fit of anger, a vengeful retort, a subtle dig – we’re back where we started from, and that’s not very far at all. No wonder the question, “What’s new?” smears a sarcastic smile across our faces. But wait a minute. There’s good news! New things – radically new things – are possible. Our lives can be changed. And the One promising change is fully capable of delivering it – no chance of failure.
It’s God that’s at work. He’s doing new things for those who decide to bank on him, for those who stake their
destiny on him. God stands ready to crack the hardened cement of our old habits and attitudes, to melt the frozen firmness of our bent toward wrong things. God stands ready to sweep out musty staleness of our stagnant living nd invigorate our sagging spirits with the freshness of his own presence. God is doing new things – new
things for you. The Bible tells us about those new things, about what God wants to do for his people – for you.
He’s ready to bring renewal and transformation, his great gift of newness. Let’s sing a new song (Psalm 96).
Let’s receive a new Spirit (Ezekiel 11:17- 21). Let’s share a new covenant (Hebrews 8:8-13). Let’s obey a new teaching (Mark 1:21-28). Let’s taste a new wine (Matthew 9:14-17, Acts 2:13). Let’s become new men and women (Ephesians 2:13-18). Let’s fulfill a new commandment (1 John 2:7-11). Let’s participate in a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:16-21). Let’s dwell in a new heaven and a new earth (Revelation 21:1-4). Let’s celebrate a new age of his Spirit (Revelation 21:5-8). What’s new? The Bible’s answer is “Plenty!” God is at work piercing the
darkness of our futility with the light of his love. He’s airing out the staleness of our boredom with the freshness of his grace. He’s doing new things for his people. Let’s embrace a NEW YOU for the New Year!
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