Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
The message that infiltrates our every fiber at this time of year is one of new policies, new programs, new products, and through our own New Year’s resolutions, we promise ourselves new personalities, new bodies, new behavior! We yearn for some new product, some new procedure, some new panacea which will make us into the new person of our dreams, our remembrances, our yearnings.
The only way to become the person we want to be cannot be achieved by a resolution based on sentimentality. We can be changed only by an inner conviction to be renewed, not so much as in practice as in the focus of our being.
The Old and New Testaments speak of this truth: —“I make all things new…” Rev. 21:5
—“And now new things I declare…” Is. 42:9
—“I will do new things…” Is. 43:19
—“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation…” 2 Cor. 5:17
God does NOT say, “I will make all new things.” We have Microsoft to give us new “things.” Only God promises to make us new. Only as we open ourselves to the power and presence of God will we become “new,” not as a new product but as a new person.