Happy New Year everybody! 2021 is over, and 2022 is set to begin. As many do around this time of year, we think about everything that has happened over the past year and all that is to come in the upcoming year.
So as you reflect over the past year, how do you feel? Did you accomplish all that you hoped you would in 2021? How well did you stick to those New Year’s Resolutions that you made a year ago? Keep thinking. How have you changed, how have you stayed the same? Is there something that you would like to do differently in 2022?
No matter how you answer those questions, hear this word from John the Baptist, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matt. 3:2).” Repent is a fantastic word to use as we start the new year. However, I challenge you not to hear it as a command given to you by John the Baptist, your preacher, or even Christ himself. Hear this word “repent” as it is written in the original language of Greek: μετανοέω (metanoeó for those of you who don’t read ancient Greek), to be changed. Repent, be changed, for Christ has been given for you! Repent, be changed, because Christ has taken all your sins, yes, all of them, taken them to the grave, and buried them while He defeated death itself. Repent, be changed, because you have been marked with the cross of Christ, sealed with the Holy Spirit, and claimed by the Father as His own!
There is much to be said about 2021, good and bad. But know this: As Christ is in you and you are in Christ, everything is done and made according to God’s will. Each year, each month, and yes, every day that you wake up saying, “today is going to be a new day” will in fact be a new day! The Apostle Paul writes, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come (2 Cor. 5:17).”
What glorious news that is as we look toward the new year! In Christ’s name, we are continuously made new. Christ was, is, and forever will be here for you. May you know that each and every day. May you hear and feel God’s love with you wherever 2022 may take you. Let His grace fill you with peace far greater than we can comprehend.
This is most certainly true.