Sunday Seed Thoughts: A New You

Most folks like something new. A new car. A new home. A new job. A new iPhone. Or new clothes. The holiday season brings some new things into our lives that we enjoy. At least for a little while.

The word “new” conjures up an image of something fresh. Pure. Clean. Novel. Advanced. Or different.

Although it’s actually just turning the page on the calendar to another day, we love the thought of a new year. It offers the prospects of something better. Of change. And an improvement over the past.

The new year is a time when many people take inventory of their lives. Set new goals. And envision a brighter and better future.

However, better than some new material possessions, or the new year itself, is the potential of a new you.

The Bible says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new (2 Cor. 5:17).

Christianity creates a new person. The old self with its carnal desires, selfish goals, and ungodly pursuits is put to death. We are changed. Renewed. Revived. Restored. We put on a new self, created in righteousness, holiness and godliness (Col. 3:8-10).

We are guided by a new commandment. Jesus said the badge of discipleship to identify his followers would be love. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35).

If you’ve fallen back into the old habits of sin, you can be new again. When a Christian returns to the Lord, he finds forgiveness and receives restoration. When our spiritual lives grow stale and we fall into a religious rut we can experience daily renewal in the Word, weekly revival when we worship, and regular reinforcement by engaging in fellowship with other Believers.

You can begin again. Adopt new values. Form new habits. Dream new dreams. Make new friends. Set new goals. And start a new life.

These words by an unknown poet offer the hope of a new beginning for the new year.

I came to my teacher with a quivering lip,
My task undone.
“Teacher, hast thou another page for me?
I have spoiled this one.”

He took the old page,
Stained and blotted,
And gave me a new one.
All clean and unspotted.

And into my sad face smiled…
“Do better next time, my child.”

I came to the throne with a trembling heart;
The old year gone.
Lord, hast thou another chance for me?
I have spoiled this one.

He took the old year,
Stained and blotted,
And gave me a new one
All clean and unspotted.

And into my glad face smiled…
“Do better next time, my child.”

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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