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)
“Where have you come from and where do you want to go?”
God asked a person who was running away this question. It is my favorite devotional thought as I approach the threshold of a new year. When you have reflected on an old year and been filled with resolute thoughts about a new year have you ever had the thought, “I can’t stand another year, or a decade of years, like the years I’ve been having?”
If you have, this is a good New Years devotional thought for you. This question implies that if we do not have a crisis that changes things, we’re headed for more years like the years we’ve been experiencing. The most important change we actually need is that we be changed ourselves.
The Bible tells us that when the Ethiopian can change the color of his skin and the leopard her spots then we who are accustomed to messing things up are going to start getting it right. The good news is that we can meet certain conditions and then be changed by God.
It is possible for God to give us an experience Jesus called being “born again.” When that happens to us we’re told that we are a new creation. Old things have passed away. All things have become new and all this is done by God – not by us. So we’re not doomed to go where we have come from because we can be born again. The how question is answered in one word; that word is “BELIEVE!”