Around this time, many people start making new year's resolutions. These are things that allow us to have a fresh start to a new year. January 1 is a clean slate. A time to improve upon mistakes and build upon the great things that happened in 2012. Have you made any resolutions?
In the same way that we make resolutions to start the year anew, we can find the same clean slate when we accept Jesus Christ into our hearts. What that means is that when we accept that we are sinners and that Jesus (a human who never sinned because He was also God) came down from heaven and conquered death, signifying that He paid for our sins (since a sinless sacrifice was needed to repay all the sins that humans have and would commit), we are given new life. We are given a clean slate, we are white as snow, we are starting a new.
The Bible promises us that we have new life in Christ, and that is like the new year. As each year is a time to start over, accepting Christ is a time to restore what had been tainted by our sins. We then take on the righteousness of Christ and are able to live in freedom from our sins. Yes, we may still sin and we may still mess up, but that's not how God sees us after we have accepted Him. Instead, He sees something new!
So since we are given a new year and a new life in Christ, let's make the most of it. Let's make plans or resolutions to follow His commands, to love others, and to live a life that is pleasing to Him.
Romans 6:4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
Until next time,