Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new -(2 Cor 5:17)
God is at work in us – every one of us – whether we can see it or not (Phil 2:13). He’s working to transform our character into the character of His son, our King, Jesus Christ. And He’ll continue working on us until the work is complete when Christ returns (Phil 1:6). Our job is to join to Him. Our job is to follow Jesus and work ourselves, in obedience, to grow and bear fruit in goodness and reflect His light in our lives… and to decrease the opposite – turning from our old ways, habits, mindsets and measures:
‘…do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘you shall be holy, for I am holy.’” (1 Peter 1:14-16).
Who among us doesn’t need more goodness and more light? That’s rhetorical, of course. And when is a better time to increase our intentionality about increasing our holiness than the beginning of a new year? That actually is rhetorical too. God calls for us to be holy but this can only be done in Christ; and the new year, while symbolic to US as a time to make a change, does not appear on a calendar in front of God as He is infinite with regard to space and time. The ‘New Year’s Resolution’ is not the point – but the resolution – the intent to begin an action – is! We must intentionally turn to God and make the change that we know we must make – and we need not wait until January 1 to do it – for what if the day never arrives?
So how do we? Well, we get intentional by looking at the choices we’ve been making – who we’ve been spending time with, the practices we’ve been engaging in, the experiences we’ve been enjoying. We get intentional by taking time to reflect on those choices… and upon their results. And we get intentional by deciding which of those relationships, practices and experiences we’d like more of, going forward, because they increase holiness- and which we’d like less of, because they don’t.
Now, ‘Write the Vision and Make it Plain on Tablets, That he may run who reads it’ (Habakkuk 2:2) – To be intentional, that vision of what you need to do must be in your ‘face’ at all times. Have it where you can see it and/or be reminded of it and do what you have to do to make it become reality!
Look forward to being the reality of God’s vision of the new creation of you! He’s done what HE had to do to make it possible for you. Now it’s YOUR turn!