Something To Be Said About Newness

All Scripture references are taken from the NET2 translation unless otherwise noted.

I have always been amused at myself and others as we observe the dawning of a new year, and here we are again on January 1st. The year is not important because as the new morning and new year begin, nothing really changes; or does it?  The sun still comes up and can be seen through the trees unless there are clouds present as they are this morning, but the point is that the constants of God’s creation are always the same. And the things that have been going on around us will continue until solutions are found. I suspect that unless there are some surprises, and there usually are, your daily routine will remain for the most part unless a resolution has been made to change some unwanted habit(s). Your calendar from yesterday (last year) was set some time ago and, again, unless some unforeseen event takes place that will not change, either. So…what is new?

“Create for me a pure heart, O God. Renew a resolute spirit within me. Do not reject me. Do not take your holy Spirit away from me.  Let me again experience the joy of your deliverance. Sustain me by giving me the desire to obey.” Psalm 51:10-12.

The desire of every Believer will be to live in Christ, to have His desire will come from His heart which is spiritually transplanted into the life of the new Believer. Walking in Christ is not so easy, but is necessary. The Psalmist has the hope of living in the joy of deliverance which only comes from being sustained by obedience. Paul writes with complete confidence of doing so in Philippians 4:11-13, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content in any circumstance. I have experienced times of need and times of abundance. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of contentment, whether I go satisfied or hungry, have plenty or nothing. I am able to do all things through the one who strengthens me.”

Walking in Obedience

God tells us that when newness comes old things must be removed and when that is accomplished the Believer will be fruitful in His service. “If you walk in my statutes and are sure to obey my commandments,…“I will turn to you, make you fruitful, multiply you, and maintain my covenant with you. You will still be eating stored produce from the previous year and will have to clean out what is stored from the previous year to make room for new.” Leviticus 26:3, 9-10. When the Believer begins to walk in obedience to the teachings of Christ a new existence then begins under the control of the Savior. His love intervenes and, indeed, all things become new. “For the love of Christ controls us, since we have concluded this, that Christ died for all; therefore all have died. 15 And he died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised. 16 So then from now on we acknowledge no one from an outward human point of view.  Even though we have known Christ from such a human point of view, now we do not know him in that way any longer. 17 So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away—look, what is new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:14-17. When a person experiences the New Birth, yes, all things become new, but this newness provides a new point of view toward other people. We see people from God’s point of view and no longer live for themselves for Jesus is Lord!!

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s