I didn’t make any “New Year’s” resolutions this year… There. I said it. Each year I make a few and always fail to follow through. I start off well, but inevitably, I always regress back to the norm. What I need to do is redefine what my normal is. I need a new normal.
2 Corinthians 5 talks about a new normal. It would be a good place for all of us to begin the New Year.
If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Cor 5:13-17
Perhaps the reason many of us continually fail to follow through on our resolutions is because we make resolutions based on living for ourselves. Too often I fall into the trap of thinking that God’s whole existence is to make MY IDEA of “the good life” become a reality for ME. “I can do all things, through him who strengthens me” is not a verse about ME. It is a verse about CHRIST! I can pursue God’s will in every circumstance!
When I try to live for God, in my own will, it doesn’t work out. I fail. It’s a trap to try and conveniently add Christ into OUR old normal. HE doesn’t fit there! The only way to grab hold of the new life is to die to the old one. Whoever belongs to Christ has become a new person. The OLD LIFE IS GONE. We are foolish when we try to go back to the old life and live in our will. Let us all fully embrace the New Normal – this new life, in Christ. And may we never, ever let go of him.