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The New You and the New Year

Thoughts of a new beginning appeal to every one of us. Everyone can begin again at the foot of the cross of Christ, and any person wanting to begin life anew must come to him in repentance and in faith. Paul expressed it this way: “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Realistically, there can be no new beginning in the New Year without a new you. A flip of the calendar changes nothing. Unless something happens inside us, we will be plagued by the same mistakes and enslaved by the same habits, and be victims of the same failures year after year. But if a man be in Christ he is a new creature—a new person. That makes a new beginning possible.

And there can be no new future without disposing of the past. If we aren’t careful, the past can weigh us down and cripple us in the present. The Bible says, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out erased” (Acts 3:19). Think of that: old mistakes, old sins, old failures, old grudges—gone forever.

Christ can do that. Then it can really be said that “all things are become new”—not just a New Year, but new hope, new peace, new power, and a new reason for living. If you want a new life in the New Year, it will take more than resolutions. It will take conversion to Christ. Why not start new today?

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Today's Devotional

Living Consistently

Philosopher Sidney Harris said, “It is easier to be a ‘humanitarian’ than to render your own country its proper dues; it is easier to be a ‘patriot’ than to make your community a better place to live in; it is easier to be a ‘civic leader’ than to treat your own family with love and understanding: for the smaller the focus of attention, the harder the task.”

Christianity is the same way. It is easy to talk about being Christian in broad generalities; it is extremely difficult to practice Christianity in our daily lives. This, however, is precisely the challenge that we all face. The apostle Paul wrote, “Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ” (Philippians 1:27). The word conversation means “behavior, lifestyle, or manner of life.” God expects us to live a life that is consistent with the faith we profess. We are to walk like his children and live according to his will.

One of the greatest hindrances to the spread of Christianity today is the inconsistent lives of Christians. In order for a person to come to Christ, he/she must climb over examples of people who do not practice what they preach.

It is increasingly more difficult to tell what and who people are today. Nobody ought ever to doubt who we are. We are the people of God. We are citizens of a heavenly kingdom. We are the followers of Jesus Christ. Now we need to live lives that are consistent with that fact. 

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