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?