New year, new you.
We’ve all heard the phrase. But am I the only one who cringes when they hear it? New me. But I’m still the same girl with the same flaws that I had yesterday. I’m trying to let God change me inside and out, but it isn’t easy. I still make the same mistakes. I still have the same battles in my mind every day. I still let the enemy steal my joy more often than not. Some days I struggle to imagine that anything about me has changed or has been made new.
But have you ever thought about the fact that something new isn’t necessarily something complete? You may start a new diet, but it doesn’t mean you’ve lost any weight yet. Buying a new rug for your living room doesn’t mean you’re finished furnishing it. You can even buy a new pitcher of milk at the grocery store, but it hasn’t been finished until you’ve drunk it all. So, why when I hear the phrase “made new” do I doubt that it’s true about me?
Being made new doesn’t mean I’ve been completely transformed; it means that I’ve allowed God to start the process.
The point of being made new is that I’ve let God start the work. I’ve surrendered my plans for my life and my idea of who I want to be, and I’ve allowed Him to begin the process of completely transforming it all. Being made new means that I’m willing to let God change me, and I’m giving Him full permission and authority to do so.
So am I really a new person? Yes, every single day! This is something that we all have to get better at believing in every single moment. If we really stop to think about it, I think we’ll see how God has started that process. I think we’ll find evidence of the beginning of change in our lives. I know I am definitely changing – I’m thinking about things differently, reacting to situations in more mature ways, and I know that others can see the transformation God is doing in my heart. The most important thing though, is that I’m becoming more and more confident in the woman God is growing me into.
God’s process of making us more like Him has already begun. He doesn’t have to be finished working in your life for you to be made new. As Scripture says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (NIV). If you have made the decision to become a follower of Christ, than cheer up! You are a new Creation in Him! The old sinful nature has gone, the new nature is here! Trust that God has begun the work.