“If anyone belongs to Christ, there is a new creation. The old things have gone; everything is made new!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
“The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.” – Charles Dickens
With the realization that the past year was a year filled with the promises of God, despite all of our shortcomings and troubles, it is a good reminder for us to keep on towards the things that God has set out for us. The temptation to fall back to what was and what we are used to is strong, but with the grace of God to sustain us we will be able to bring something new as an offering to God.
In 1938, A. W. Tozer wrote a New Year’s message urging Christians everywhere to hold strong in Christ. He challenged them to dream big things for Christ. He challenged them to keep on. The new year brings new opportunities, and with the new year comes a new opportunity to be able to complete the painting that he is painting in our lives.
“While all the promises of God are true and precious, yet it is good to take them one by one and especially commit ourselves to them. If you ask God to give you a special message for the opening year, one that will be made seasonable and real in every exigency of the unknown future, you will be surprised how faithfully He will fulfill His Word, and how fittingly the Holy Spirit will speak to you of things to come, and anticipate the real needs and exigencies of your life.”