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Starting over

This means that anlightstock_1665_small_user_3963721yone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! -2 Cor. 5:17 (NLT)

What does it mean to start over? Every year, around this time, millions of people resolve to change certain aspects of their lives. Some succeed, many fail. Most resolutions fall short because there was no commitment to real life change. Goals without real resolve don’t produce movement or real transformation.

I’ve never been big on New Years resolutions. It’s always seemed to me that if I really wanted to change something about my life, I shouldn’t wait until a certain time of year to do it. The time is now! I get why people do it, though. The start of a new year on the calendar signifies a new beginning, a chance to start over. That’s a great time to make some choices towards a better life. There’s a much better chance to start over, though.

God’s Word says that when we place our trust in Jesus, He forgives us, cleanses us from our sins, adopts us into His family, and gives us a new identity. We get a chance to not only begin a new year, but begin a whole new life. The slate is not just wiped clean, the slate is gone completely. Our identity is not what it once was. Our identity is now in Christ. I’ll dig deeper into that idea as we go on. It’s important.

Starting over is a choice. I became a new person when I was saved, but only after I made a decision to embrace my new identity did I see revolutionary growth in my life. Maybe that’s you right now. Maybe you’re like me. You crossed the line of faith, and you’re forgiven, but you’re not seeing some of the expectations you had coming true for you. For me, that brought a lot of confusion and made me question my conversion. I hope that this one-year journey we’re going to take together puts to rest any doubts you have about your salvation.

Decide today to start over with the new life you’ve been given. Even if you’ve been saved for years, it’s not too late. Take the first step in the journey of discipleship and do as the disciples did when Jesus bid them, “Follow me.” This new life is from Him, for Him, and about Him. It’s a wild ride, and it’s all worth it.

Unveiled

2 Corinthians 3:18  And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.


We are ministers of the new covenant. You and I are living testimony of God’s Word. When Moses handed down the Law to the Israelites, he veiled his face because they were not ready to see God’s glory (2 Cor. 3:7). Only when Christ came could we be ready for that. But now, because He came, God’s glory is not written merely in ink, but on our hearts. We bear witness, serving as a letter from Christ (2 Cor. 3:3).The Israelites could not face God’s law, which once brought glory but in the end only led to death, but now we bring the message of His righteousness through Christ.

Because of Christ, the veil has been removed and we have freedom in the Spirit (2 Cor. 3:17). We behold God’s glory and bear His image to others.And the best part of this is that we’re being transformed more and more into that image (2 Cor. 3:18), becoming the righteousness of God. Each event of our lives is shaping us into that image and we grow as we seek God more and more.

We are ambassadors to the world to show them who God is. Let’s take that seriously and carry His message to the ends of the earth. We can have boldness because we act not in our own sufficiency, but in our Lord’s (2 Cor. 3:4). This is the gift of the Spirit.