Always Being Made New
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. – 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Every January, I like to imagine for myself that I am given a new chance to start over. I make resolutions, with varying degrees of success. I set new goals, and I start out with every best intention.
What would it be like for ourselves if we imagined that we are always being made new? We don’t necessarily need to wait for the calendar to turn to 1/1. God is always at work, through Jesus, in reconciling us to him so that we are new creations.
Change is not easy. Transformation, true transformation means change. Change may mean loss for us. Transformation implies this and we may grieve our loss. Since God is in charge of the change, we know and trust in God’s work in our midst.
So, what does this mean for us as a congregation? I believe that it’s time to reassess where we are, to see where we have been and what we have been through. As a congregation, we have been through much and we have continued to be faithful to our calling as disciples. We might simply sit back and rest for a bit. However, if we are indeed being made new, we can take this opportunity to do a bit of soul searching, both individually and as a congregation.
I invite you to pray for our congregation and take an active role in this process. Your prayers, your participation will help shape who we are. Your perspective helps inform who we are called to be. I invite you to be open to the Spirit and see where it will all lead.
Indeed in Christ, we are always being made new!
Happy New Year!