It’s hard to believe that our New Year is already a week old. What’s new turns old quickly doesn’t it? It seems to be just the opposite with God. He tells us that He is making all things new, but He doesn’t seem to be in a hurry. Colossians 3:10 says, "…and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator." New Years quickly becomes old, but being made new in Christ is a progressive newness.
As you look back over last year, do you see that the newness that happened in your soul—when you accepted that Jesus is God’s Son and died to pay for your sins—has been renewed in any way? You just weren’t made new, but you are being made new. When you accept Christ as your Savior you are made new and you keep on being renewed.
You are I are a pretty remote resemblance to our Creator. We are born into this world as sinners, thus the need to be made new. When you compare the world we are living in to the world that was created for us and the descriptions of its re-creation in Revelation, our whole world is old and out of sync with how we were created. God has been in the process of making things new since that first crunch of fruit in the Garden. He wants us to once again bear His image of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
God doesn’t rush down to make things new. He is purposeful and specific in everything He does. In Genesis 3, notice that God came to Adam and Eve at the normal time He always visited them, in the cool of the day (Genesis 3:8). They were hiding from Him because of sin, but that didn’t stop God from making things new. Things hardly had a chance to unravel through sin and God was revealing His plan to send Jesus from the seed of Eve to make things right again.
It’s now 2008, centuries have passed, and things are still being made new. I see God making me new every time I forgive someone who has hurt me. I know that God is in the business of making things new each time I learn more about His character and who He is. It’s a newness that never gets old; it only continues to be renewed.
I can’t do anything about the way the New Year seems old too quickly. I am grateful that my Newness in Christ never grows old.