As a Western culture, we talk about “New Year’s resolutions” often. Of course, we probably should commit to eating fewer cookies for a season now that the holidays are almost over; well, maybe at least I should. But it does make sense that we use the beginning of a new year to start things over or seek to create better habits moving forward.
However, one of my favorite verses to consider at the start of each new year is, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) How beautiful is the promise of renewal that is freely offered to us through our faith in Jesus Christ. But what if your last year has been an unmitigated disaster of one family and faith crisis after another? Simply return to where all things are renewed—your Lord Jesus Christ.
When you are beaten up, broken, and haggard, simply do what Jesus said. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28–30)
You and I have been walking in the world, and things are a mess. There are days we can feel so defiled by the injustice, violence, vulgar language, and death we are confronted with hour by hour. So be still and remember the wonders and power of God. (Psalm 46:10) Humbly, come and allow His love to wash over you once again. Let the sacrifice of Jesus wash off the world that we have been stained by, as we have been walking through life. It is time to come and be cleansed again. (John 13:9–10a)
Remember, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:8–9) The precious blood of Jesus cleanses us from sin we have done, sin done to us, and sin done in our presence that has defiled us. Therefore, come to Jesus afresh and be renewed once again, for He loves you deeply.