I don’t know about you, but the events of late really point out to me that we need to be doing something different in this world. It’s not OK that we’re killing others as violently and frequently as we are, nor is it OK for the violence to be all we talk about or see in the news. So all of these events have me thinking about changes that need to happen in the world, as well as the changes that we go through in our lives and maybe are going through right now. The Bible does talk about things becoming new and the importance of new things, so today I want to take a look at some of those verses.
“He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”” Revelation 21:5a
“You have heard my predictions and seen them fulfilled, but you refuse to admit it. Now I will tell you new things, secrets you have not yet heard. They are brand new, not things from the past.” Isaiah 48:6-7a
These verses are really important because they are clear in that God sometimes thinks that what needs to happen are new things. Sometimes things have to change, they can’t stay the same, and even more than that, God makes plans to change things. We as a people have always been about improving things and making things better, so if we’re all about that, wouldn’t God be too? If you look at the New Testament stories including those about Peter and the sheet of animals in Acts 10, as well as countless stories of Jesus turning old religious beliefs and traditions on their heads, it’s pretty clear that God is interested in making things new and isn’t willing to be stuck in the old or past if it’s not what’s best or what’s right.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
But not only is God interested in changing things, He’s interested in changing people. When someone chooses to accept Jesus as their Lord they’re supposed to make changes in their life that include leaving hurtful practices and relationships behind, and moving into those that are in line with God’s commands and the calling He places on our lives. Since we’re still sinners we won’t get it perfectly right, but we’re still called to do better every minute of every day and try to better follow the example Jesus gives us.
Are you going through a transition in your life right now or are you able to be of support to others who are going through transitions? If you can, be a word of hope to all you meet, especially those going through transitions.