Made New

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These are obviously very common New Year’s Resolutions that are made every year as people strive to look, feel, be, and do better – “A new year, a new you” as the saying goes. But does it really take a new year to make a new us? Does there need to be a new us? What does a new us really look like? Why do we make resolutions anyway?

These questions may be silly, but they pose a great point. New Year’s Resolutions date back centuries with the idea probably originating from various people offering sacrifices to their gods in hopes of earthly prosperity in the form of wealth, health, or forgiveness. Even today, the idea of a resolution resonates strongly with prayer and promises as gods are asked for help in being better – whatever that entails for that religion. Of course, in a do-it-yourself society full of self-improvement mechanisms, this idea quickly evolved into resolution making – and when better to make a resolution than the new year!

So, perhaps you have made a New Year Resolution, perhaps you haven’t, but either way I want you to consider this verse.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 

(2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV)

God, as creator, has ALREADY made you into a new creation. In baptism, our sins are washed away along with the old Adam – the old sinful us, and in its place, is a new creation, God’s adopted child. Along with this, the Holy Spirit works in us creating a desire to live our life more fully for God, and like God.

“Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”

 (Colossians 3:9-10, NIV)

So, does there need to be a new us? Well, if the old us equates to the old Adam, our old ways of darkness and sin, then absolutely there needs to be a new us. Do we need a new year for there to be a new us? Of course not! The Holy Spirit is working in us each and every day – using our experiences, studies, and personal devotions to mold us into His image. The important piece is that we are already a new creation, created in Christ Jesus to will and to work for God’s glory.

That doesn’t mean we should scrap our resolutions if we have made them, but rather that we should look at those resolutions in light of God’s will. This allows us to better see the Holy Spirit working in our lives and can help us get a better picture of God’s plans for us. Remember, God has already made us new, so now we get to grow in that image, until, on the last day, we are completely restored.

May the God of Creation continue to guide you as you do just that.

Written By: Lindsey Duerr, DCE