When I think of ringing in the new year, my first thoughts focus on the phrase “New Year, New Me!”. This lead me to ponder, ‘What it is that I would like to be new with me?’.
Outwardly speaking, a new hair style and color. Getting fit with a structured exercise regime. Eating healthier and wiser while cutting out an excess amount of harmful foods. However, while these things are beneficial or ideal for society, I’m actually more concerned about what’s going on inside of me.
Lately, I’ve felt that it would be much better for me to start over. For instance, those things I’ve said and done that I wish I never did or could take back. A blank slate would feel appropriate- a new me.
But as is seen in times past, I can make proclamations to be different from who I once was and not see a lasting change. These so-called, “resolutions” have good intentions that soon fade away.
I decided a new year isn’t all about what I can do to be “new“. A new year is essentially a spin off of my old self. It’s a continuation of who I already am. With that said, a new year is a grandeur opportunity for me to be “renewed“. You see, it’s not about changing who I am. It’s about challenging myself to be who I want to become.
This revelation is not my own. God showed me that I should find joy in who I am, because He created me. When I accepted Christ as my Savior, He made me new then.
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!- 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
My new life in Christ has already begun. Each day is a continuation of that new life He began in me. I am lovingly reminded to look to Him to continue His renewing in me. A complete transformation, or a renovation, if you will.
..Though our bodies are dying, our spirits [inner man] are being renewed every day.- 2 Corinthians 4:16 (NLT)
Isn’t it just like God to equip us for every single, little (or big) thing we could ever need?! Here’s His promise to the inner man:
Mind- Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.- Romans 12:2 (NIV)
Heart- Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me. ..grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.- Psalm 51:10, 12 (NIV)
Strength- but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.- Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)
This person that I want to become is the image of God- truly righteous and holy. The challenge, then, is to follow His truths- day in and day out. I am already given the tools I need to be renewed. I just have to trust in His promises.
Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.- Ephesians 4:21-24 (NLT)