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Happy New Year – 2018

2 Corinthians 5:17

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

Happy New Year! I’m reworking a past New Year’s Day devotional. I hope that your day – your New Year – got off to a great start. Steve Furtick once 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 I was playing some basketball with some friends. I hit a couple of 3’s and made some nice passes – but didn’t have an exceptional day. But I stuck with it and had a good morning workout – even if I didn’t play very well. Our new years may not always produce the best days – but if we stick to it – stick to our goals – in the end – we might just have a good year.

Typically – on New Year’s Day – some friends and I play golf – 5 degree weather was just a little too cold for me.

I took some lessons at the end of 2017 and have a new putter – so I’m excited to see if these changes will produce a better round of golf in 2018. I played a few rounds at the end of 2017 and did well – we’ll see if it carries over to the course this year.

What will we try to do better in 2018? 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 2018 – or gain if we need to do so? We will change careers in 2018 or locations? Will we retire and move onto the next season of life in 2018? Will we work on relationships in 2018? Will we try to improve some aspect of our lives in 2018? You know – we should always be striving to be better than we are today. How does that saying 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 2018? 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. One of my resolutions for 2018 is to push the old self further in the past and to latch on to the new self – the new creation in Christ – more and more. Will you join me dear reader?

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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January 1, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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