Yes, here we go again. The calendar of life starts over and we begin a new round of the same seasons in church, at work, at school, and at home with the same holidays, vacations, birthdays, sports seasons, retail seasons, and so on. As Solomon says “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; and there is nothing new under the sun.” If we are about to do the same things we did last year – what are we celebrating on New Year’s Eve as the ball drops in Times Square and the calendar changes to 2019?
People of faith have good reasons to celebrate the New Year. Why? Because we know that while life may seem the same, our hope is that we are promised newness of life in the spirit every day.
2 Corinthians 5:17
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.
It may be the same old thing but when we are alive in Christ, we do not stay the same. The spirit of the Lord is alive, dynamic, and expansive. It compels us to grow spiritually every day, showing us new facets of possibility in familiar experiences. It may be the same series of activities and events, but as God’s people we look for ways to grow and be more like Christ in them.
Even as the calendar of life repeats itself and gives the impression that there is nothing new under the sun, in reality this is not true. The one thing we know that will never change is the fact that life is always changing because people, place, and things do not stay the same. We may be trying to do the same general things together but for God’s people how we do them changes over time. People of faith know how to let God do something new in Christ in the New Year and every day.
Rev. Walker is the pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church www.emanuelreformedchurch.com
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