What about the New Year will be new for you? As I think about it for myself, I consider what is available in my own reality that could be new for me. I mean, how often do I find myself living in an expectation of something or someone from the past and miss who or what is present in the moment? Our life is a compilation of moments, of choices, of relationships. It is tempting to view them in the context of everything that has already been up to this moment. But what if there is a reality in the moment, one that does not hinge on anything prior. If that is the case, then it would call for us to exercise faith and look beyond what we think we know. To trust that Christ is not only new in each moment but that He is also making us new – us and everyone else!
The Scripture reminds us that our life in Christ is indeed new.
“So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. 2 Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ — that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.
3 Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life — even though invisible to spectators — is with Christ in God. He is your life.” from THE MESSAGE Colossians 3:1-4
What are the ‘things over which Christ presides’? Perhaps it is the things that are eternal – faith, hope, love, relationships with others. When I shuffle along, looking down at the ground, I only see where I have been and what is already known. I could look up towards others, into the possibility that is available if I am willing to release my own version of reality. I could look into something new. I could look at someone new.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! NIV 2 Corinthians 5:17-18
If I am willing to see myself as new, my life in Christ as new, wouldn’t others be new as well?