Sunday, January 1, 2012

Our Need For A Fresh Start

Every year, for many, New Year’s Day delivers a sense of relief and excitement that another chance, a fresh start is possible.  The celebration taps into a deep need within us for an opportunity to let the past go and enjoy a new hope for our future. Of course, we know that this day is actually no “newer” or different than any other day, but the realization that we need a fresh start motivates our anticipation of what the New Year could bring. As Christians, we have had our sins removed because of our faith in Jesus Christ and what He has done for us at the Cross. Past, present and future sin is no longer counted against us and our standing before God is right because of Jesus’ perfect righteousness. For us, each and every day now offers a new set of opportunities in Christ, an infinite number of fresh starts by His grace.  The Bible says that if we have genuinely repented of our old lives and truly received Jesus as our Lord and Savior, that we are now a “new creation” in Christ Jesus; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new (2 Cor. 5:17)...” All people have a need to have the past reconciled and a desire to do better in the future. This desire and the knowledge of it, written by God deep into everybody’s conscience, is a “proof” of our sin and our need for forgiveness and a new beginning. It should lead us to cry out to our Creator God for forgiveness, revelation, help and guidance. Now, as we walk in the newness of Christ our Savior, every day is a Happy New Day by and through and in God’s amazing grace.