As we start the New Year with all kinds of resolutions, it’s good to remember that we can all renew our commitment in our faith. We can all strive to gain even loftier heights in our spiritual journey toward Christ likeness. No matter how far we have ascended, we can go farther; No matter how low we have fallen; No matter how big of a mess we have created, we can begin again. In our text, believers are told to “put off the old man”—and “put on the new man”. Just like the great feeling of changing into a new clean outfit.
Take time to think and meditate on how merciful our God is, because we serve a God of second chances. We believers serve a God that allows us to start all over again. And as if that is not enough, Jesus goes on to tell us that we put on a new man
Therefore, if anyone in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5-17 ESV)
Many of us that have been in trouble with the law… get a pretty good understanding of this passage and the idea of putting the past behind us. Bros, we all like the idea of a new start, but most of the time it is us who cannot let go of our past. We keep on carrying our baggage with us, and the enemy knows. This is usually what he blackmails us with, reminding us of our past sins. Every time we get the honor, we need to “let our light to shine before men, that when they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5-16 NKJV
Bros, let’s man up and be diligent with all God has entrusted us with. He promises that he won’t leave us nor forsakes us and that he will be with us always. So, let us all begin this year as a new man, and as a new creation of God modeled after Him, in righteousness and true holiness.