Well, if there is no other word that’s swimming around in our head, I could imagine that the word “NEW” sure is. Many of us are thinking about making News Year’s Resolutions to quit or begin doing one thing or another. Many of us make these resolutions and they typically last a few weeks into the New Year then it’s back to that same old thing again. Ever wonder why this happens? Personally, I believe that the reason we are not totally committed to quit or begin a new thing is because we have not truly desired to do or not do this thing. You see, until we actually want to do something, it will never happen. For instance, how many of you have ever resolved to walk in newness of life. What does that mean anyway? Newness of life is dumping the old habits and adopting new habits. However, is this really newness of life? I mean, what if you dump the habit of smoking cigarettes and then adopt the habit of drinking?
Brothers and sisters, newness of life goes much deeper than we can ever resolve to do all by ourselves. According to the Bible, newness of life is making a change for the better. Which goes much deeper than deciding to be on time at work, stop eating pork, exercise more or whatever the case may be. Romans 12:2 reminds us saying “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Brothers and sisters, the only changing we need to concentrate on is a true change of heart. If we were once selfish let us ask God to help us change that. If any of us are full of pride, this definitely needs changing, If we are liars, this is something that must stop. The fact is, those claiming to be in Christ should she be constantly changing for the better. A transformation should already be taking place because 2nd Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the NEW has come.”