2 Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
The New Year is upon us again, and like many of us, I begin to think about the changes that I want to make in my life that will make me a better person. I want to lose weight and exercise more, read more books, spend more time with family and friends and grow in my faith and love of Christ. I would also like to shake off the Rasmussen gene of procrastination, and stop putting things off to the last minute.
These goals I have for my life will hopefully make me a better and more effective pastor. And yet, often, as time does, the New Year begins and my hopes and goals often aren’t accomplished as I have planned. I don’t always see the results that I dreamed of.
But I hope when we think of our lives in Christ, that we see ourselves as we truly are. We are baptized into the body of Christ. We are a NEW creation; this is not a work in progress but a statement, a promise from God’s Word. He has marked us as one who is redeemed. HIS work in our lives, every day of every year, is one in which He is reminding us of HIS work which He accomplished for us on the cross. It was finished, our salvation was complete. We die to ourselves and our sinful nature each day. We rise new, whole and beautiful works of God. The “old” has passed away.
Forgiveness and grace are the heart of the new creation we live in, and we give it to those around us. And that is what makes our lives so special. I often have been asked to use 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 as a text for weddings. But I think it’s even more important as brothers and sisters in Christ, to live out in their daily lives.
4 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of
wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”
Living a new life in Christ, every single day of the year, is an amazing way to live in the promises of God.
Happy New Year and God Bless,
Pastor Christian Rasmussen