As we begin 2016 together many of us will be saying “New Year, New Me”. Some of us may take up jogging, join the gym or change our diet. Others will quit smoking, drinking or take up a new hobby. Christian readers of this blog may start a new Bible reading plan, or vow to attend more prayer meetings throughout the year.
All in the hope of self improvement and to leave the past (2015) and all its struggles and regrets behind them. “New Year, New Me”.
But as we all know, after a few weeks, we inevitably fall back into our old ways. “New Year, Same Me”.
A few weeks at the gym has cost a year’s membership, the new running shoes are soon in the bottom of the wardrobe and the diet has gone out of the window.
Why does this always happen?
Well it is often because we have not dealt properly with our regrets and our failures of 2015, the mistakes of our past loom over our consciences into the next year and try as we might to escape them in our own strength our regrets and failures soon catch-up with us. We fall into old habits and begin the downward spiral yet again to dissatisfaction, awaiting the next opportunity for a clean start, midnight, December 31st 2016. “New Year, Same Me”
The only way to escape this rut (that we call life) in this fallen world is to come to God in faith. In faith that His Son Jesus Christ lived the perfect life that we could not and also took the just punishment that we disserve on the cross at Calvary for our many, many failures. We must come to Him repenting of our mistakes (sin) and ask Him to forgive us and cleanse us afresh, to start again in His strength.
In Psalm 136 we are told that God’s love endures forever. Which means that no matter what ills anyone of us has done in the past, His love endures and He is able to forgive us. In Lamentations (3:22) we are told that because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fails.
If we truly believe and confess our sin to God in Christ, our past failures have all been dealt with, they died with Christ on the Cross and in Christ He will forgive your wickedness and will remember your sins no more (Hebrews 8:12). This is the Good News, the Gospel!
When your New Year’s resolutions inevitably fall, rather than wallowing in failure until next year to try again, come to God afresh today. His Grace and Mercy is new every morning; for great is His faithfulness (Lamentations 3:23) and His love endures forever. Ask Him to build you up and give you strength to start again.
Do not let your “New Year, New Me” turn into “New Year, Same Me”
Come to God instead and say “Christ, New Me”.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20