Revelation 21:5 He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’
January is a time for newness, often accompanied but the much-used phrase ‘new year new me’. But very often the hopes that we place in the new year, in our own strength, in our own dreams, don’t seem to carry us very far.
Whilst the new year can be a good focus for making positive choices and decisions, as a Christian, my hope is not in the new year but in the one who makes all things new. The one who knows all things, sees all things, and has a good and perfect plan for my life. Almighty, loving, creator God.
God is the God who can take a person and re-create them, who can take a life and remake it, and who will some day create a new heaven and earth.
There is an ultimate newness where our hope goes beyond this earth. But we also know that God makes things new in the here and now, as we submit to him, he renews our mind (‘be transformed by the renewing of your mind’ Romans 12:2), and he makes us into new creations (‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!’ 2 Corinthians 5:17).
Sometimes there are areas of our lives where we are desperate for God to bring something new. Whilst we might not always get the response we expect or desire, he is more than able to breathe his life into these areas of our lives and transform them. Consider where you want God to touch your life with a ‘newness’ this year and ask him for it.