What does it mean to be brand new?
During the season of Lent, we were called for a renewed awareness within ourselves. It was also a time to repent of our sins and make sacrifices in anticipation of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I have been reflecting on how our past and our present circumstances seem to determine our future. Why? Is it because we have a level of comfort with what is familiar, even if our past or present is undesirable? Is it the fear of the unknown?
I believe that we all get to points in our lives where we seem to digress. It’s easy to look back and say, “Man, I wish I was fit, nicer, wealthier, talented, happier (fill in the blank) like I was before”. Instead of turning back the clocks and trying to be our “old selves”, why can’t we imagine being different, and maybe much better than we were before? There is such excitement in what is truly possible.
I am led to scripture that describes this notion; “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. And we also must know that this newness will not look familiar to us. In John 14:5-6, “Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” We must set our eyes on the goal that we have and trust that God will guide us every step of the way.
Every day, every minute, every second that is passing is an experience of being made brand new. How will you use your new self to glorify God? He’s waiting for you!