2017 is gone. It’s in the past. You can’t go back. You can’t make the outcome different. 2018 is a different story. Year after year so many on New Years Day have said the previous year sucked. Many have said year after year that the previous year was “the worst year ever”.
I want to help you see something that has changed my life. Many people want change but few don’t really want it. I say that because many don’t do anything different year after year. I don’t know your background. I don’t know what’s your stronghold. I don’t know what you have been through. I don’t know who hurt you. I don’t know who abused you. I don’t know how much you have struggled with porn drugs or other temptations. The thing is that you don’t know my strongholds. You may not know the struggles I have had. You may not know of how I have struggled with feeling like no one cared. I have struggled with feeling abandoned and like I didn’t matter. Not because people didn’t love me. Not because of people in my life all around me didn’t care about me. Instead, two things have made me feel like I was abandoned. One is me never knowing my biological father. Another is my mom killing herself when I was 13.
Some changes happened in my life when I was 18. My life was a mess. I wasn’t looking at changing things. The reality is that I hated where I was in life but I didn’t want to change anything. I’m grateful that God wanted something better for me than what I wanted for myself. Jesus interrupted my life and let me see that He wanted something better. At the time, Nichole had moved out because of bad choices I made. Jesus brought change. It wasn’t New Years Day but it was a NEW DAY for my NEW LIFE. Jesus saved me. I saw my brokenness and my sin. I remember talking to God in my living room and said “I will do whatever you want me to do and I’m going to hold you to your Word”. Fast forward, God has used someone like me who failed speech class TWICE to communicate life change to people year after year, Sunday after Sunday and day after day. Check out these verses from a guy named Paul. He experienced life change and now he was communication to a Church he started. Check this out:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come! Everything is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and he has committed the message of reconciliation to us.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17-19
He says if anyone is “in Christ”. This is someone who has received the free gift of salvation. We cannot experience true life change for a lifetime apart from Jesus. The next big thing is a “new creation”. This describes something that is created at a qualitatively new level of excellence. This is like metamorphosis with the change of a butterfly. The next word I want to bring up is “reconciled”. This is to restore a relationship. Jesus came to restore our relationship with God. This is where we find change and purpose.
If you want real life change don’t look to a new year alone to bring change. Without life altering decisions real change won’t come. Real change will come when we realize that God has better things for us than we want for ourself. I really believe that he best is still ahead!