Saturday, 03 January 2015 12:33

All Things New

Written by  Rob Couch is Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Prattville
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The Apostle Paul tells us that in Christ we are new creatures and everything has become new (2 Cor. 5:17). Revelation tells us that God’s ultimate plan is to make “all things new” (Rev. 21:5). God’s love for renewal is seen even in Isaiah as we are told God is about to do a “new thing” (43:19). The good news for us beginning a new year is that our creator loves to make things new! No matter what happened in 2014, not matter where we may find ourselves as we wake up in 2015, God is ready and prepared to make all things new.

We’ve all become pretty cynical about New Year’s resolutions. Most of us have broken more of them than we’ve kept. Because of this, many of us have given up on the idea that change is possible. For many of us the change of the calendar year is just the change of a number, and everything else just stays the same. We know, however, that nothing is impossible with God!

 

What do you hope is different about 2015 for you? Would you like to get healthier? Would you like to mend a broken relationship? Would you like to start that new business or begin spending more time with your family? Maybe you want to go back to school to complete that degree, or start a new degree program altogether. No matter what improvement you want to make to your life, it’s possible, with God’s help.

 

Setting a new course begins by changing your mind. The Bible calls this repentance.  Many of us have a “can’t do” mindset instead of a “can do” mindset. The reason we can’t: lose weight, have better relationships, learn something new, etc. is not because we really can’t, it’s mainly because our minds have paralyzed us from doing what God wants us to do. We need to change our minds so that our actions can change accordingly.

 

We also need to admit to the many excuses we’ve been making over the years. We can also be honest with ourselves about the obstacles we’ve allowed to stand in our way keeping us from becoming the person God wants us to be. This is a form of confession. The most important confession is the admission that no lasting meaningful change will be able to happen in our lives if it depends only on us. Many of us fail at change because we are trying to do it all alone. We need the help and support others, and, most importantly, we need the grace of God.

 

The best news I can share with you as we begin this New Year is that all things can become new because of God’s grace. Many of us haven’t really fully accepted God’s unconditional grace and love made available to us through the work of Christ. We still carry around a lot of guilt and regret about the things we’ve done or not done, the missed opportunities, and the times we’ve let others down. God’s grace sets us free from these things which are holding us back. This grace is especially evident in baptism where we see the power of God’s grace working through water to cleanse and renew us. Some churches encourage their members to remember their baptism from time to time so that we don’t forget that God’s grace is still cleansing us and renewing us. This is a good practice, especially at this time of year.

 

The year is 2015 and God is making all things new! In Christ you can become a new creation, the old has passed away, the new has come!  All of this is available to you as you trust Jesus Christ with your life in 2015. No matter how you want to become more like the person God wants you to be, it’s possible, with God’s help. Change your mind, admit that you need help, and allow God’s grace to cleanse you so that you can begin again.

 

 

Rob Couch is Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Prattville. Rob is married to Crystal and they have three kids: David (11), Ethan (8),

and Ella (5).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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