Here we are at the beginning of a new calendar year. Another January. What is it about starting a new year that makes us want to resolve to do something differently, to become someone new?
The truth is, we are always looking to remake ourselves. We have habits we try to break and activities we want to do more of. We want better relationships, health and bank accounts year-round.
The longing for newness seems more acute, more demanding of our attention at this time as we are surrounded with talk of New Year’s resolutions. There is more hopefulness at this time of year. This will be the time that we FINALLY do it, finally become the new person we want to be.
Reality Hits Hard
The problem is, statistics tell us that most New Year’s resolutions will fail to be kept. Disappointment will follow. Yet we seem destined to repeat the same mistake year after year.
Gym memberships go unused, books unread and relationships neglected again. The clutter reappears, credit card balances are back up and bank accounts are back down.
What is the answer to this cycle?
How can we ever change?
Our Only Hope
The Bible gives us the answer and it is not a “what” to do but a “who”:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17
The good news is we can remake ourselves any time of the year! January 1 or June 1, anyone can become a new person, created anew.
In Christ, we WILL be remade into his image and likeness. (Romans 8:29) To do this, we must leave behind the old and become new. God’s Word promises that he will be faithful to do this.
He will not leave his work in us unfinished.
“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6, NIV)
Tips For Your Successful New Year
The secret is this: get on God’s schedule for transformation according to his resolutions for your life. The Holy Spirit within you as a child of God was given for your guidance and the power to do all that God commands you to do.
Humble and grateful obedience in the areas God directs you to change will lead to lasting transformation in your life. The problem is, God’s directions don’t always sound like the world’s admonitions. You may want to focus on eating less but God more likely wants you to focus more on reading his word daily or feeding those in need.
Interestingly, God’s way will often get you to your desired results but in a way that is more beneficial than the way you would have chosen. Give God a chance to work in your life in this New Year.
Through Bible reading, prayer and fellowship with other Jesus-followers, continually seek God’s guidance in the changes he wants to see in your life. Seek first and primarily to please God by building his KIngdom and becoming righteous in him and God will give you the desires of your heart.
Happy New Year.