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Happy New Year – 2016

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

112015 Ray McDonaldHappy New Year! I hope that your day – your New Year – gets off to a great start. Steve Furtick tweeted – The way your day starts doesn’t have to be the way your day finishes. We can always make improvements as the day goes along.  We can always make improvements as the year unfolds.

This morning will find me on the golf course with some friends. For years we would play our first round of a New Year on January 1st. As we got older – the cold kept us in some years. Fortunately it looks like mid to upper 40’s and sunshine this year so we are going to try it again!

I took some lessons at the end of 2015 and have re-gripped my putter – so I’m excited to see if these changes will produce a better round of golf. I played a practice round – 9 holes – shortly after the lessons and did well.

What will we try to do better in 2016? Will we try to read the Bible everyday? If we are already – will we read more each day? Will we try to lose some weight in 2016 – or gain if we need to do so? We will change careers in 2016 or locations? Will we work on relationships in 2016? Will we try to improve some aspect of our lives in 2016? You know – we should always be striving to be better than we are today. How does that say go – I’m not where I want to be – but I’m also not where I used to be!

Today’s passage talks about a new creation. Here it is in partial context. 2 Corinthians 5:16–21 – 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Do any of us make resolutions when the New Year begins? If so – how about joining me – making a resolution to be more of the new creation in 2016? When I read 2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! – I often add – but the old hasn’t gone too far. My resolution for 2016 is to push the old self further in the past and to latch onto the new self – the new creation in Christ – more and more. Will you join me dear reader?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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