Seasons, days, years…it was all God’s idea, and a wonderful idea it was, and still is. For those who celebrate the Christian New Year in the middle of winter, it is an exciting time of festivity, food, fun and frivolity. Celebrating the end of another year and the beginning of a new year for Christians is a time to rejoice and be thankful for the grace of life and all of God’s goodness, and it is another year closer to the Lord’s return.
“Behold, I make all things new.” (Revelation 21:5) God likes new things. When a man or woman is born again of God’s Spirit, they become a child of God. This is called the new birth. As the new believer learns from God’s Word about the Holy Spirit dwelling inside, they are to renew their minds and “put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. …put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him…” (Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10) As they renew their minds and walk in alignment and harmony with God, God’s Word says that he or she “is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Romans 6:4 reveals that Jesus Christ died as a substitute in mankind's place. In the mind of God it is as if the believer died and was buried with Jesus, and was raised from the dead, also. Therefore the Christian is expected to “…walk in newness of life.”
Romans 12:2 teaches: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” It is by way of the renewed mind that the newness of life is realized. As a believer grows up in Christ, believing and understanding what God has done through Jesus on his behalf, the quality of life gets better and better. It is always God’s will for His children to grow up in Christ. “…that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine… but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— …grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 4:14, 15; 2 Peter 3:18)
Every day is the day the Lord has made (Psalm 118:24). God made time and divided it into days, weeks, months and years. Every day is important because time is life, and life is precious. New Year’s resolutions are another opportunity to renew commitments and rededicate ones heart and life to the Lord. Growing as a Christian is an inexpressible joy because the more one grows up in Christ, the more like Christ he becomes.
God also has new things planned in the future, which Christians look forward to with eager anticipation. “Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” (2 Peter 3:13)