New! New things are the best! New shoes, new babies (or for my family-new puppy!), new clothes, new house, new coffee maker, new friends, new chapstick, new Trader Joe's cookies...I think we can all agree that we love new things in life!
God's Word is full of promises to make us new!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW creation. The old has passed away; behold, the NEW has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
In Christ we are a new creation! Christ took off His perfect robe of righteousness and wrapped it around you and me. When God looks at us, He sees the beauty of Christ shining in us...we are beautifully redeemed. Our slate is wiped clean!
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are NEW every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
Even though we are in Christ, we are still sinners, prone to wander. Yet, the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies are NEW every morning! Our Father is so patient with us and faithful to forgive us in Christ.
And He who was seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things NEW." Revelation 21:5
Lastly, the newness to come! All of creation will be cleansed and made new! Imagine the Creator and creation in full communion and peace. Come Lord Jesus, come!
In this new year of 2018, we start with a clean canvas ready to paint His story. Renewed in Christ everyday with our eyes fixed on the hope to come!
-Sara Ellen Allbritton