by Pastor Mark Jordan
New is exciting, isn’t it? New toys, new gadgets, new cars, new homes…all of them come with a gleeful expectation about what can be. Is it all glee, though? Not always. Sometimes it can feel painful when you think about the memories of what was. For example, I can remember feeling sad about trading in an old beat-up car. It wasn’t that I hated to see it go, but the memories that went along with it. It was the first car I bought on my own. It was the car I used in college and grad school. It was the car I drove when we brought Ethan home from the hospital after his birth. There was a lot of emotion in that car that I reflected upon, even as excited as I was when I drove off the lot in my new ride.
Taking on something new often means having to let something go, which can be hard. It’s important to remember, though, that often the best parts of what you can take with you can never be taken away: the memories. The tangible reminders can be missed, but the meaning doesn’t have to be.
Jesus wants to make you into something new. He wants to take the old of your life and make you into more than you could ever hope to be on your own. And this is the promise He made Long ago for all who accept Him as Lord.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV)
You have to let go of an old way of living to embrace and become all that Christ wants you to be. He is in the transformation business, and longs to help you be all that you can be; but, it must be something new. It isn’t just you, but better, because Jesus is all about making you into something new. You keep the memories to cherish — as well as challenge you to do differently — but Jesus wants you to get excited about the infinite possibilities when your life lines up with His.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your love and resurrecting power that makes me something new. Help me to live into this with your grace, so I may embrace all the possibilities before me. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.