Hey FiCB! Can you believe its already 2014?
This means I have approximately less than 12 hours to lose 10 pounds, finish reading the rest of the Old Testament, know my Greek and Hebrew paradigms and eat more salads. Whether you’re like me, reflecting on the past year can be a struggle than sentimental. Aside from all the success and blessings of 2013 its obscured by our failures and disappointments. Even though my heart craves a fresh start, a clean slate, a new beginning in the new year, my optimism shifts into cynicism. For example:
But what about 2014? Don’t look to what you need to do, but look to what is already done.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Paul talks about Christians who put their trust in Jesus are Regenerated through the Holy Spirit. By definition regeneration is “God’s work by which a person is inwardly transformed and spiritually renewed from the inside out.” In other words we are not refurbished, rehabilitated, reeducated, reprogramed, but rather redeemed and regenerated by God and for God once and for all.
This can be a timely message for the New Year when we can be so bent on self-improvement through self-discipline. Making resolutions inherently shows we are ‘law-makers’ as we set new standards for ourselves, but on the flip side this also shows we are ‘law-breakers’ when we fail to fulfill them. Don’t get me wrong, resolutions can be helpful however do we put too much stock in them?
Consider this: In 2014 – True change comes in your Regeneration, not your Resolutions. Here’s why:
- Resolutions depends on your work. Regeneration looks to God’s work.
- Resolutions are temporal. Regeneration is eternal.
- Resolutions turn a new-leaf each year. Regeneration begins a new-life in Christ.
- Resolutions promises are broken. Regeneration is a promise that God keeps.
Don’t look to yourself, but look to Jesus! According to His Word, in Him you are already a “New Creation.” The Gospel shows that God will love you no more in your successes and/or no less in your failures, but always in the accomplished and applied work of Jesus Christ. Each year resolutions may not always result the way we expect, but we can rest assured that God is using our lives for His glory everyday.
Blessings FiCB! I hope you have a safe and blessed start to 2014!