Each New Year, people around the globe pledge to make positive changes in their activities, routines, and lives. A few of the resolutions develop into good habits. Most however, are quickly abandoned…because even with the best intention and potential of great reward, change is hard.
New Year’s resolutions often fail because they are not realistic. Goals are set too high which leads to frustration, feelings of failure, and ultimately, giving up. Simply wishing for change isn’t enough.
When a person accepts Christ as their personal savior, it is often said they are “new in Christ.” Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” The moment someone accepts Christ as their Savior, the heavenly record of their sins is wiped clean. Talk about the ultimate resolution!
However, like most New Year resolutions’, no human resolve is strong enough to remain free from sin. Being new in Christ doesn’t mean we remain sinless. We are human and continue to sin long past our moment of salvation.
The great news is the grace of God is unending. Our slates are wiped clean over and over when we genuinely repent. God gave us free will and as our creator understands our imperfection. And He loves us anyway!
This time let’s make a “new in Christ resolution.” Resolve to be kind, gracious, loving. Show compassion. Give generously. Forgive. And when you mess up, start your resolution over…because every single day, we can be new in Christ.