Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Each new year marks a new beginning for us. We step into 2019 with an expectation of new beginnings and new opportunities, but nothing has really changed except the numbers on the calendar.
As I look around at my situations, there are still messes, in my personal life and in my house. My Christmas tree still stands in my living room taunting me to be more productive. Olaf still sits in my front yard begging to be put away. Papers still sit in my school bag waiting to be graded. And more importantly, the trials in front of me sit looming like giants.
Nothing changes because the calendar flips over.
Only through Christ are we changed. Only through our relationship with Him do things begin to change. I’m not talking about going to church and giving your tithe. Those are great things, but that’s not the most important thing. The most important thing is a real, authentic relationship with Jesus.
Does that mean we have it all figured out? Absolutely not or there would be no need for Christ, and we need to quit acting like we do. Me in particular. I hide those things that hurt and act like it’s all okay. But God calls us to be authentic.
James 5:16 says, “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” When is the last time you confessed your trespasses to someone? Yeah, I can’t remember either. We go to church and put on our masks and act like we have it all together.
But as we start this year of new beginnings, I confess that I don’t have it all together. I need my Savior just as desperately now as I did when he pulled me out of the miry pit. I still fall short daily. I want to be authentic. I want people to know that being a Christian isn’t about being perfect. It’s about having a relationship with the Savior of the world and through His grace I am not the same person I was several years ago. I will always need my Savior. I know that only through Him can I really be changed.
I pray this year is a new beginnings in your relationship with Jesus. If you don’t know Him, please reach out to me. I would be more than happy to share His love with you today.