2 Corinthians 5:17-18
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.
Written by: Matt Swartz
Happy New Year! Throughout December, we spent time in the “King of Heaven” series looking at Jesus and remembering that when Jesus came, He changed everything. As we look forward to a new year, many of us are looking at changes we would like to make in our lives. The New Year’s resolutions have been made and some may have already been broken.
It can be easy to look at a verse like 2 Corinthians 5:17 and wonder if something is wrong in our lives. We see it talking about us being “new creations” because we said yes to Jesus. But when we look at our lives, it doesn’t always feel like the new we desire is the new we see. The cycle of New Year’s Resolutions continues…
The power of this verse is when it says, “The old has gone, the new is here!” If we look at the word new in the original Greek that the Apostle Paul wrote this letter in, it has a sense of the new is here…and continues. Jesus came to save us and continues to transform our lives daily as we pursue Him.
Verse 18 paints a picture of the change that continues to take place in our lives. We can see change happen in our lives and that is a good thing. However, when we remember God is using the growth in our lives to impact the lives of others, it can motivate us to depend on Jesus even more.
The reason most resolutions don’t work is because we make ourselves the power source behind the change. True growth comes from us becoming desperately dependent on Jesus every day. When we are seeking Jesus to continue to change our lives, that is the new that continues.
Thought of the day: Would you be willing to commit to joining us each Monday through Friday in the Sun Valley app to walk through these devotionals throughout the year? These moments you invest in your personal spiritual growth will bring about dramatic change over time!
Prayer: Happy New Year! We look forward to walking with you on your personal spiritual journey with Jesus throughout this coming year. I’d like to end today’s devotional a little differently: I would like to pray for you.
Jesus, You see each person that is reading this and You know them intimately. You know the growth You would like to bring about in their life, and I pray that they would open their hearts up to Your work throughout this new year! Amen.