It is 2024—the beginning of a new year. I am so grateful that we have a God who is always there to give us hope and encouragement, constantly offering us a fresh new day, month, year, and, most of all, a new life. We are so blessed to have a God that is a God of new beginnings. He reaches down and pulls us out of our sinful lives and gives us a whole new life with Him. Not only does He forgive us for our sins, but He forgets them and cloaks us in the newness of His Son’s righteousness. As different as we feel on the inside, God doesn’t stop there. He gives those who love Him a glow about them. Our countenance reflects His light and love, and even our appearance takes on a newness. In 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV it says, Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
As I write this, I believe God wants to remind us all of the wonders of this gift of new beginnings. Each morning, when we awaken, we can welcome the day with anticipation of what God has planned for us. God wants His new creations to have a whole new attitude. Instead of bringing in the day saying, “Today I HAVE to go to work, help the kids with their homework, and cook dinner,” we should be saying, “Today I GET to be creative and productive, spend time with my children, and prepare a meal with love and appreciation for God’s blessings.” God wants His new creations to experience a whole new closeness with Him. Instead of trying to squeeze in a minute or two in prayer, God will draw His new creations under His covering, creating new desires in our hearts to seek Him, spend time with Him, and study His Word.
The wonder of being made new in Christ is that it isn’t like the newness the world has to offer. God’s newness doesn’t grow old and dim. It doesn’t wear out and lose its value. God’s Spirit shines through us brighter every day, drawing others to seek His newness as well. When we surrender ourselves to God, our new beginning spills into the world, drawing others who seek to leave their past and move forward to the new beginning God has planned for them—and His circle of love ripples out and expands, making God available to all who draw near.
Here’s my challenge to you as 2024 begins. Give all you have to God. Watch for and welcome the new beginning God gives. Spend more time with God, seeking a more intimate relationship with Him. Study God’s Word and discover His truths. Let God’s light shine through you, changing you from the inside out. Be bold in your faith, speaking God’s truth to those around you. Lastly, celebrate God’s new creation—it’s YOU!