PASTOR'S PEN: In with the new

The old year has gone and a new one has come.  Just as when we get a new car, we enjoy the new features and smoother ride; we look forward to a new year and a fresh start.

Yes, there are memories from the old.  I remember my first car, a Ford LTD.  It was black with a red pin stripe down the side.  I had a lot of fun driving that car.  It took me to many high school games, work, church and even a few dates.

But then I got a new vehicle, new to me anyway.  It was a stick shift, blue Ford Ranger.  I remembered the old car, but was glad to have something new.  The old Ford was great close to home, but wouldn’t make the trip to college.  I needed something new.  My Ranger took me further bringing new memories and new enjoyment.

God recognizes the need for new.  He brings what is new in 2 Corinthians 5, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!....God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”

God took an old sinful creature, like myself, and made him new.  He took me from unrighteous to righteous.  The old was worn out and broken down.  It didn’t simply need maintenance; it needed an overhaul.  God replaced all the parts, a nice new interior and gave me a GPS to holiness.  One day, He will even give me a new body (Philippians 3:20-21).

In light of what God has done in making you new, if you are a Christ-follower, and in light of the perfect body and newness you will receive, “purify yourself from everything the contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1).

May this new year be one where you always reflect the newness Christ has given to you.  Out with the old way of sin and in with a new glorious life of holiness.