All Things New
I love watching our little ones in the Early Education program here at Metrolina as they are so excited about learning new things and gaining new experiences. Even the smallest things of this life bring them joy and you can see that sense of newness with all they encounter. It is exciting to watch them enjoy life and all the things that God has surrounded them with.
As adults, that wonder of life can get lost as our personal lives seem to fall into such ruts and become anything but new or fresh. The daily routine can feel the same and it can become tedious to say the least. All of us have had those Sunday nights when we dread going back to work or to some other responsibility because of that rut we are in. This feeling oftentimes invades our spiritual lives as well.
Unfortunately, many Christians are living without a sense of wonder and excitement of what God is doing in their daily lives. I am afraid that spiritual burnout and monotony are all too common amongst Christians. God never intended for His people to live this way.
The good news is that we serve a God who wants to give us a different spirit and perspective in our daily lives. In Revelation 21:5, God declares “Behold, I am making all things new.” He sent His Son to die on a cross so that we might be “a new creature in Christ” as 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us. He has given us a “new heart” and a “new spirit” according to Ezekiel. He has also called us “to walk in the newness of life” as believers.
My heart’s desire is to not only be a believer who has set himself apart for God and away from the things of this world but also to truly enjoy the Christian life. God has made all things new in my life since I accepted Him as Lord and Savior and I want to live the abundant life that Jesus promised in John 10. He came so that you and I might have that abundant life. That abundant life being a life filled with His joy, His peace, His love, His direction, and more.
I do not know about you but I do not want to live my life dreading that Monday is coming. I want to allow Him to live through me so that the world will know that I belong to Him because of the joy, love, laughter, hope, and sense of newness that characterize my life.
This desire reminds me of the old song we used to sing in Vacation Bible School when I was a kid that said “I got the joy, joy, joy down in my heart, down in my heart to stay.” I want to allow God to bring the joy that only He can give in my heart to stay.
God is indeed making all things new! I pray that God would renew each of our hearts today with a passion for Him and that we would allow Him to pull us out of the rut we may be in.