Every year we come around to the same old mantra new year, new me. As a Christian does it have any value? I think so.
This year I am committing to a new me, I am going to put on Christ and shed the old worldly me:
5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.
12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3: 5-17)
Why you may ask? Because I want to be the best? Because I want to morally superior? No, because Christ died for me, and lives in me. I owe him everything, my complete allegiance, and because he is faithful he can and will change me. I want people to see Jesus, and his love and mercy, as they look at me, and so love Jesus.
This isn’t just a commitment I need to make once a year but every day. Every day I shall fail in many and varied ways. God in his grace and mercy forgives me for my failings, and grows me in my ability to achieve this. It is not my doing that this will happen, but God deserves all the glory. I know that this goal won’t be fully realised until the new creation when god will give me a new sinless body, but it is so more than worth every attempt.
We can only grow by loving Jesus more, so with renewed fervour I shall seek him in his word. I shall ask for Christ-likeness in prayer, in expectation of wonderful, seemingly impossible growth from God. And I shall rejoice every day that god has saved me, and made me truly alive and continues to grow and sustain me.
So I wish you all a Happy New Year, and maybe happy new you?
All Scripture quoted from: English Standard Version Anglicised (ESVUK)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.