The old has passed away.

Every year, we get this chance to make all things new. A do over. A fresh page. I’m putting this out there at the end of January, when most of you have probably given up on your new years resolve of finally fixing that one thing.. I never even started mine.

If that’s not true for you, well high five. But how do you narrow in on that one thing that you need to strive for?

What do I need to change to finally pull it together this year? Why must feel like we are not enough? What’s the mental push that makes us think that we need to wait to ” fix” that thing..

I’ll do it in the New Year, I can start that in January.

I’ve spent most of my life striving to be better. To be more than I was. I was desperate to be right and together. Pscyho crazed. Needed to improve all things. Needed to improve it all.

I would list out all the ways I was going to improve. Things I wouldn’t do. Things I would.

  • I would eat less sugar.
  • Spend more time praying.
  • Read my bible every day.
  • Work out more.
  • Quit drinking Coke.
  • Only eat sweets on Sunday.
  • I wouldn’t curse.
  • I wouldn’t kiss a boy until we were dating.
  • I would do all my homework each week…  instead of waiting until the end of each quarter to cram it all in.
  • I would wear knee high socks and skirts only.
  • I would try a new thing each week.
  • I would smile at everyone I pass in the hall.
  • I would pick a word that I want to live by and work at it all year.
  • I would focus on one thing all year. Get good at something. Like really good.

I must be better . A better me. A together me. A no mistake me.

What was really motivating all this and my driving need to resolve?
Why am I never satisfied with who I am?

You’ve most likely said one of those things before.

Well probably not the knee high socks thing but it was the early 90’s.. so.. of course it makes sense and you are totally rad if you it was something you thought too.

But maybe you can relate to wanting to be more than who you are.

I think that’s good. We should improve. We should be better.
We should never look at ourselves and be like, yeah. I’m good this year. I think I have got this under control.

No changes here, I’m kind of rocking it.

I mean, motivation to be more than we are, creates success.
If we are complacent or overly confident, we don’t do anything.

What would that have meant for cell phones?

If they had said, um. yeah. This bag phone really is the best we can do.

Oh my Zach Morris antenna? Oh yeah, that fits in my jeans just fine.

No. That is crazy. Phones went from big to small and now they are getting big again, just because they have to improve! Or at least not blow up.

We are taught to be more . To improve. or at least, that is what the world says we must do.

But what does Jesus say about it?
Does he think we need to improve? and what happens when we do? Does he love us more?

No.. He doesn’t . He doesn’t love us anymore today than he did last year when we were totally sucking it up for not working out every day.

We are enough for him, just the way we are . Bridget Jones shout out.

Isaiah 43:25 says “ I yes, I alone- will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again. “

“never think of them again” .. Can you even fathom that? How long do we beat ourselves up when we’ve been in sin? Days or months.. Sometimes, it’s years. I am still trying to quiet the sins of my youth. They will be gone but creep in when I’ve got my guard down.

“you can’t do this, don’t you remember 1999? You totally failed that year. ”

The world, the enemy, wants to tell you that you aren’t going to get past your past. But as Christians, as followers of Jesus, We have to put our foot down .

We are enough. We are forgiven.

When we are his, we are enough. There is nothing we can do to make him love us more. Or to be better for him.

Isn’t there so MUCH FREEDOM in that? Knowing, that we can’t do anything to be enough for him.

2 Peter 1:3says

“ By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of these by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence,  he has given us great and precious promises . These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. “

God has given us everything.. Everything we need for living a godly life. …

We can’t do anything more than truly love him. All the “right” stuff falls into place when that is our mission. I love the last line of that verse,

” These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires”

So knowing that we already have everything we need when we accept his divine power.. What are we to strive for?

We aren’t saved by works. but we can focus our attention on two things:

  1. Knowing Jesus: who he is, what does he say. (read, pray, learn, speak.. talk about this, grow here.. Everything else that you are striving for will be eradicated by focusing on who Jesus is. )
  2. Tell others : share your faith, encourage those in your community that need a friend, pay attention to others, put them first. Do you know how bizarre that looks to the world?

Live out your love for Jesus.

Resolutions are these things. Make the things you are striving for about Jesus and not about us being enough or better. Because if you love Jesus and live for him. Then you are already there.

You have already arrived. While the world is running around trying to “get it together” .. You can fall into the grace of our loving God who gives freely to those who ask..

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come!” 2 corinthians 5:17

We don’t get to start over each year because it is new.. but we are a new creation when we are in Christ. Each morning is a choice to be new in him.