“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17
“Where have you come from and where do you want to go?” (Genesis 16:7-8), God asked a person who was running away this question. It is my favorite devotional thought as I approach the threshold of a new year.
When you have reflected on an old year and been filled with resolute thoughts about a new year, have you ever had the thought, “I can’t stand another year, or a decade of years, like the years I’ve been having?” If you have, this is a good New Years devotional thought for you.
This question implies that if we do not have a crisis that changes things, we’re headed for more years like the years we’ve been experiencing. The most important change we actually need, therefore, is that we be changed ourselves.
The Bible tells us that when the leopard can change the color of her spots, then we who are accustomed to messing things up are going to start getting it right (Jeremiah 13:23). Though that means we’ll never be able to get things right by ourselves, the good news is that we can meet certain conditions and then be changed by God (John 6:47; Ephesians 2:8-10).
It is possible for God to give us an experience that Jesus called being “born again.” When that happens to us we’re told that we are a new creation. Old things have passed away. All things have become new and all this is done by God – not by us.
So we’re not doomed to go where we have come from, we are not doomed to continue going through life on a negative path, because we can be born again. Moreover, the how question (“How can my life’s direction change?”) is answered in one word; that word is “BELIEVE!”
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned… ~ John 3:16-18
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. ~ John 5:24
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. ~ John 6:47