Mark Twain said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
I love this quote. When I first heard it, it stuck in my head. Twain’s words make me think about what I believe are the two greatest beginnings in life: a new physical life and a new spiritual life.
Both are amazing beginnings. There’s nothing like watching a mother struggle through labor and to give birth to a baby. Equally wonderful is the day a person receives their new spiritual life in Christ. I find it difficult to put into words the roller coaster of emotions involved in both experiences.
Second Corinthians 5:17 says it best: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
When the new spiritual life is here we find out the why we were born. We’re born to have a relationship with God and to enjoy all that relationship brings.
Embarking on a new year has many looking forward to beginning again, starting over, throwing out the old and bringing in the new. Resolutions bring new hopes, new dreams, and that longing for the do over that will set all things right again.
Who’s not familiar with a New Year’s resolution?
The idea of the old being gone and the new arriving spurs us on, it challenges us, and has us looking forward. After all, who doesn’t want to:
Improve their body or their health
Spend more time with loved ones
Do things that are more meaningful in life
[pullquote width=”300″ float=”left”]…we’re approaching the flaws on the track all wrong.[/pullquote]We all want a version of these things. Achieving these goals will get us on the right track. But if any of you are like me, intentions are high and results are low. This is why I believe we need to grasp the real meaning of the words in 2 Corinthians 5:17.
When we are in Christ…the new creation has come…the old has gone…the new is here.
When we’re a new creation there’s no need to get back on track over and over and over again. We’re on the right track and we have what we need to stay on that track. What I think is we’re approaching the flaws on the track all wrong.
When we need to start again, get another chance, ask for a new day, and hope for a fresh start it’s because we forget the “If anyone is in Christ the old has gone, the new is here.” We neglect to begin with the one who gave us the once for all new beginning. Instead we think we can fix the flaws without him.
I want to challenge us to think about the concept of “New Year, New You, No More.” We’re new because we have faith in Jesus. No more short-lived “news” needed.
Let’s give it a try; let’s really believe that Jesus is working in us to reveal his new creation, you and me, to the world.
By sharing her personal faith experiences, her thoughts about following Jesus and what it's like being part of his church, she hopes to help some navigate a new journey and challenge those already on the journey as they travel the faith road together.